Kawhi Leonard expects to sign extension with Spurs this summer
Despite the constant rumors of the potential destinations lined up for Kawhi Leonard over the course of this offseason, the San Antonio Spurs forward plans to stay right at home, likely to ink an extension with the team, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
“I had dinner with someone close to Kawhi last week – word is he is completely fine with the situation, expects to sit with the Spurs and hammer out an extension,” said Kyler in a tweet. “There are clearly things to talk about, but his side isn’t looking for the door.”
Leonard has been rumored to wind up with the Los Angeles Lakers or the Philadelphia 76ers, among other places — yet nothing has been heard of from his own camp indicating so.
The Spurs will have the most to offer him through an extension or a free agent contract, making that a major reason he would consider staying despite the impasses that took place this past season with his quad injury.
Leonard only played nine games this season, and rehabbed from a season-ending injury in 2017, exiting after a wild Zaza Pachulia sequence in the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors.
The 26-year-old wing has been working extensively in rehabbing his injury and targeting to be ready for the start of the 2018-19 season, but the Spurs will need the ink to dry first in order to make the sequential moves.
Veterans Manu Ginobili, Pau Gasol, and Tony Parker are on the verge of retirement — and their contracts with the team could largely depend on how much of a stranglehold Leonard’s deal has within the organization.