April 19, 2024
Clippers ahead Kawhi Leonard fights for a rebound throughout a NBA preseason sport between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers in 2019 at STAPLES Heart in Los Angeles. Picture credit score: Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire

Kawhi Leonard acquired a contract extension from the Los Angeles Clippers, the crew introduced Wednesday, one valued at $153 million, based on media reviews.

Chosen with the fifteenth total decide within the 2011 NBA Draft, Leonard performed two collegiate seasons at San Diego State, the place he was a second-team All-American in 2011 and had his jersey retired in 2020. 

“We’re thrilled to proceed our relationship with Kawhi. He’s an elite participant, a terrific accomplice and a relentless employee who is aware of find out how to win and makes it his first precedence,” mentioned the crew’s President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank in a information launch. “He elevated our franchise from the second he arrived.”  

ESPN reported that the deal is for 3 years, with Leonard set to be paid $52 million within the first yr and about $50 million per yr to observe.

Leonard is a two-time Finals MVP (2014 with the Spurs, 2019 with the Raptors), five-time All-Star (2016-17, 2019-21), five-time All-NBA Workforce choice (2016-17, 2019-21), two-time NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months (2015, 2016) and a member of the NBA’s seventy fifth Anniversary Workforce.

A local of Moreno Valley, Leonard has appeared in 660 profession video games throughout 12 NBA seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Clippers, the place he signed in 2019. He has averaged 19.8 factors, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals.

The 6-foot-7 ahead is the third-winningest participant in NBA historical past with a regular-season report of 483-177 (.732). 

A two-time NBA Champion, Leonard is one in all 12 gamers in NBA historical past with a number of Finals MVPs, showing in 137 postseason video games whereas averaging 21.4 factors, 7.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals.

Thought to be one of many sport’s best two-way gamers, Leonard has been chosen to seven All-Defensive Groups (2014-17, 2019-21) and is one in all three gamers in NBA historical past to win a Finals MVP, Defensive Participant of the 12 months Award and All-Star Recreation MVP (2020).