Report: No scenario where Spurs' Kawhi Leonard tests free agency
Kawhi Leonard has no plans on leaving San Antonio this offseason when he will be a restricted free agent, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.
At the moment, "there's no scenario where Leonard plans to pursue offer sheets on the market." The 23-year-old rising star, who earlier this week was named Defensive Player of the Year, will command max-level money, and the Spurs are expected to give it to him. Leonard has "no desire to chase fame in a big market," Wojnarowski reports.
Last season's Finals MVP, Leonard turned in a stellar 32-point performance Friday night to put the Spurs up 2-1 in their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. He's emerged as one of NBA's top two-way players. Though Tim Duncan's future beyond this season, as the 39-year-old franchise player could be nearing retirement, is uncertain, San Antonio plans on keeping Leonard around as another cornerstone.
"Leonard wants to be a Spur," writes Wojnarowski, "and the Spurs are expected to come calling on July 1 with the max offer that they resisted delivering Leonard in the preseason, a move born out of preserving cap space to bring on a star free agent this summer."
The Spurs have recently been rumored as potential suitors for Portland star and pending free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.
San Antonio and Los Angeles will play Game 4 on Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
- Jeremy Woo