Kawhi Leonard’s net worth in 2021
Since entering the NBA in 2011, Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard has built himself quite a substantial net worth a decade later 2021. In this specific post, with NBA free agency happening, we’re going to look at Kawhi Leonard’s net-worth in 2021.
Leonard’s money just doesn’t come on the court. The two-time NBA champion and Finals MVP has inked deals with a few companies, which has helped him build up his net worth.
Kawhi Leonard’s net worth in 2021 (estimate): $70 million
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Kawhi Leonard’s net worth is around $70 million. That number is expected to grow, however, since he’s only in the midst of his career. In 2021, Leonard will be eligible to sign a massive contract worth well over $200 million because he’ll have 10 years of service under his belt, which means he can sign a five-year max deal worth 35% of the salary cap. If he does sign that, he’ll be one of the highest-paid players in the NBA.
When Leonard entered the league in 2011, he signed the standard four-year rookie contract (with two team options) with the San Antonio Spurs, which paid him about $8 million. After the 2014-15 season, he signed a five-year maximum contract with San Antonio worth $94.3 million. In 2019, after winning a championship with the Toronto Raptors, the superstar signed a three-year, $103.1 million deal with the Clippers.
Kawhi doesn’t have a big portfolio of endorsements, mostly because of his marketability. Leonard is known to be a quiet, low-profile superstar, which means companies aren’t exactly rushing to have him be an endorser. However, there’s nothing wrong with that, as he lets his game speak for itself instead. His endorsement deals have included Jordan Brand, Wingstop, and New Balance.
Right before Leonard’s rookie season began in 2011, he signed a seven-year endorsement deal with Jordan Brand worth less than $500,000 a year. Jordan Brand reportedly offered Kawhi a four-year, $22 million extension deal in 2018, but he turned that down. According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, Leonard’s representatives didn’t feel that the new deal reflected his accomplishments and standing within the league.
Nevertheless, Leonard was able to sign a deal with New Balance worth “significantly more” than $5 million per season. That deal has put him among the top-15 shoe endorsement deal earners in the league. Kawhi ultimately made the right decision because New Balance needed a superstar player to represent its company. In his New Balance commercials, it portrays the picture of who he is, something Jordan Brand couldn’t do.
Kawhi even sued Nike in 2019 over the Klaw logo, claiming he designed it. Unfortunately, Leonard didn’t win that case.
In 2016, Leonard signed an endorsement deal with Wingstop, which sends him coupons for free wings so that he can feed his Mango Habanero addiction. Leonard even once panicked when he lost his coupons.
Leonard is branching out a bit more now off the court as well. The Clippers star recently announced a music collaboration with YoungBoy Never Broke Again and Rod Wave.
Back on the court, Kawhi Leonard could certainly help his net worth by bringing a championship to the Clippers. LA has another good chance this year, but it’s going to be a bloodbath in the playoffs. Not to mention, he can technically leave the franchise this summer.