Kawhi Leonard declines player option, leaves door open for new contract

Kawhi Leonard player option — Kawhi Leonard will, as anticipated, terminated his contract with Toronto, but could stay in the Canadian franchise with which he had just won the 2019 NBA title, according to recent reports. According to Yahoo Sports, Leonard, the best player of the 2019 final, will activate the clause in his contract that allows him to terminate one year before its term.

He was to receive the next season an annual salary of $21.3 million. This termination will make Leonard a free agent and allow him to sign, with Toronto or another team, a contract significantly revised upward.

The former San Antonio Spurs player will be highly courted when the transfer period officially begins on June 30, including by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Moreover, seeing Kawhi Leonard decline his player option to go test the market, he might indeed be planning on leaving the Canadian city. But Chris Haynes is to be believed, the Raptors do not really have to worry. Indeed, the NBA champions would be the favorites to re-sign their All-Star this summer.

The duration and amount of the contract will necessarily come into play when Kawow make his decision in July, but the sporting aspect will not be neglected. We know, The Klaw is here to win, and when we see how he is surrounded on the Toronto side, he has clearly all he needs on hand to hope to go a repeat.

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The Raptors can offer him a contract of five years maximum for a total value of 190 million dollars. According to Yahoo Sports, citing sources in the NBA, Leonard, 27, would like to stay in Toronto.

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