The Los Angeles Clippers and Kawhi Leonard have agreed on a three-year, $152.4 million extension, per Shams Charania. The move keeps Leonard under contract with the Clippers through the 2026-27 season, and represents a commitment from the franchise to keep him and likely Paul George together as the core of the team.
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard signed a new three-year, $152.4 million contract extension, keeping him under contract through the 2026-27 season, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Massive fully guaranteed, long-term commitment in LA. pic.twitter.com/FPGL2jdnvK— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 10, 2024
This is the first of three moves the Clippers have to make regarding their core, with an extension for George likely being worked out next. Leonard and George decided to play together in the summer of 2019, and it would be odd to see the Clippers extend one player and not the other. Although both have dealt with injuries at inopportune times throughout this tenure, Leonard and George remain the best chance for Los Angeles to win its first championship. James Harden, an acquisition made this year, is also set to be a free agent. His negotiation will be a bit more complex, but the Clippers probably make it work to fit the LA native in the roster.
The Clippers are one of the top teams in the West this season, and are listed at +950 to win the NBA title on DraftKings Sportsbook. If Leonard and George can stay healthy, Los Angeles is a nice sleeper bet in the postseason.