Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Keeping Kawhi: Spurs Give Leonard 90 Million Reasons To Stay In SA

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 8:36 AM

Kawhi Leonard will likely sign a five-year extension with the Spurs. - NBA
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  • Kawhi Leonard will likely sign a five-year extension with the Spurs.

Feel safe investing in those black and silver no. 2 jerseys, people. Kawhi Leonard isn’t going anywhere.

The Spurs offered the reigning Defensive Player of the Year a five-year extension that could be worth over $90 million, according to Yahoo Sports. And, as expected, Leonard plans to sign it.

"I have every intention of signing with the San Antonio Spurs," Leonard said in a statement to Yahoo Sports. "There are details in the contract which need to be worked out with the organization. I am confident that this will be accomplished."

The contract is the most the Spurs could offer Leonard, locking up the one-time NBA Finals MVP through the 2019-2020 season. The Spurs offered Leonard the deal shortly after midnight ET, when the NBA opened its free agency period.

Leonard, who turned 24 last month, is the centerpiece of the Spurs’ future. He's said multiple times that he plans to be a Spur for life, to which the Spurs' brain trust essentially responded: "Ok, cool."

The fate of other Spurs free agents, such as Manu Ginobili and Danny Green, is less certain.

Ginobili is mulling retirement, and will announce his decision in the Argentine paper La Nacion. He hasn’t set a timeline for that yet though.

Green, who could command over $10 million a year on the open market, may be a casualty of the salary cap. As the Spurs chase marquee free agents such as power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, it’s unclear if they will have enough cash to keep Green.

NBA rules dictate that Leonard cannot officially sign the contract until Thursday, July 9. And while few of us will ever know what making $90 million feels like (I think I was delivering pizzas at the Domino's on McCullough when I was 24), it's got to be pretty close to this:

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