14 Jan

Kawhi Leonard, Clippers agree to $152M extension, team also working on new Paul George deal, per report

Kawhi Leonard is committed to remaining a Los Angeles Clipper past the 2023-24 season. Leonard has agreed to an extension with the Clippers and is set to sign a three-year, $152 million extension, according to Shams Charania. Paul George is working on an extension as well, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Leonard signed a four-year, $176 million deal with Los Angeles in 2021. He had a $48.7 million player option for the 2024-25 season but declined to secure a new, long-term agreement.

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Kawhi. He is an elite player, a terrific partner and a relentless worker who knows how to win and makes it his first priority,” Clippers President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said in a statement. “He elevated our franchise from the moment he arrived. We feel fortunate that Kawhi chose to join the Clippers five years ago, and excited to keep building with him.”

The 32-year-old Leonard joined forces with George in hopes of conquering the Western Conference, but the duo struggled to stay healthy and play together consistently early in their Clippers careers. Leonard and George have enjoyed a healthy campaign so far, though. They’ve appeared together in 30 of a possible 36 games this season for a thriving team that ranks fourth in the Western Conference with a 23-13 record.

The Clippers could be looking to square away their new big three, as they’ve managed to turn things around after initially struggling in the aftermath of the James Harden trade. The former Philadelphia 76ers guard is now firing on all cylinders and has helped fuel a Los Angeles squad that’s won seven of its previous 10 games and nine of its last 10 home games.

Harden is in the final season of a two-year, $68 million deal and can’t ink a new contract until he enters unrestricted free agency ahead of next season.

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