Clips’ Frank: ‘Kawhi(Leonard) is a transcendent player and a relentless worker who improves himself every day’

The Los Angeles Clippers have officially re-signed free agent Kawhi Leonard, the team announced on Thursday.

According to Yahoo’s Chris B. Haynes, it’s a four-year contract that includes a player option worth a reported $176 million.

The 10-year veteran became a free agent after he opted out of his deal earlier this month.

“Kawhi is a transcendent player and a relentless worker who improves himself every day,” said Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank. “We share many of the same goals, which include a long-term relationship. This agreement marks another important moment for our franchise and our fans, as we strive to create a championship-caliber organization where players find the success and fulfillment they seek. We’re eager to continue building with Kawhi. For now, we will do whatever we can to support him in his recovery from injury. We look forward to seeing him back where he wants to be, on the court with his teammates.” 

Leonard, who averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, and 1.5 steals, missed all of the Western Conference finals due to a partially torn right ACL that he suffered against the Jazz in the second round.

The 30-year-old Leonard signed with the Clippers as a free agent after winning a championship with the Raptors in 2019.

Getting the five-time All-Star back is huge for the Clippers. If Leonard was healthy, Los Angeles might have won a championship last season, so with Leonard back, expect Los Angeles to be a championship contender next season.

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