Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard reportedly is expected to decline his player option and become an unrestricted free agent.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) August 1, 2021
Leonard, 30, suffered a partially torn ACL during the playoffs last season, and his status for the 2021-22 season is unknown at the moment.
It’s possible Leonard is opting out to sign a long-term deal with the Clippers, but he will have the ability to test the free agent waters before agreeing to any deal.
Kawhi Leonard has declined his $36M player option for next season and becomes a free agent, per source. Now, the expectation is that Leonard will negotiate a new deal to stay with Clippers. @ChrisBHaynes first on declining option.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 1, 2021
The Clippers made it to the Western Conference Finals this past season, but they lost to the Phoenix Suns in six games without Leonard.
Leonard is a five-time All-Star and two-time NBA champion and will likely have several suitors as a free agent.
Last season, Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game while shooting 51.2 percent from the field and 39.8 percent from beyond the arc.