NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard will decline his participant choice with the Toronto Raptors however is “critically contemplating” returning to the NBA champs in response to sources.
Leonard was all the time anticipated to say no his $21.three million choice, which might be the ultimate 12 months of a five-year, $94.three million deal he signed with the San Antonio Spurs, who traded him to Toronto final summer season. He has till June 29 â€” his 28th birthday â€” to choose out.
Leonard, a local of Los Angeles, reportedly has curiosity in becoming a member of the L.A. Clippers, and the New York Knicks are anticipated to make a push if Leonard turns into a free agent.
“The enchantment of returning house to Southern California is engaging to the two-time NBA Defensive Participant of the 12 months,” wrote Yahoo’s Chris Haynes, “however with the belief the Raptors constructed, whereas Leonard led the franchise to its first NBA title by upsetting the Golden State Warriors, rival executives view his present workforce because the favorite to land him when the free-agent negotiating interval begins June 30, sources stated.”
Yahoo Sources: Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard declining $21.three million participant choice to turn into unrestricted free agent with the Finals MVP critically contemplating re-signing. <a href=”https://t.co/cWhpcyyjXO”>https://t.co/cWhpcyyjXO</a> <a href=”https://t.co/c8qNBOi0Nu”>pic.twitter.com/c8qNBOi0Nu</a>
The Raptors are the one workforce that may provide a max deal of 5 years and $190 million, about $15 million extra over the course of the deal that Leonard might get from some other workforce. ESPN reported final week that Leonard additionally may very well be weighing short-term gives that permit him to return to free company in two or three years, just like the method LeBron James has taken to free company.
Leonard averaged a career-high 26.6 factors final season and scored a complete of 732 factors within the postseason â€” third most all-time. He gained his second Finals MVP â€” he additionally gained in 2014 with the Spurs â€” because the Raptors took down the Warriors in six video games.