Clippers sign Kawhi Leonard to contract extension

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Two-time NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard has signed a contract extension with the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced on Wednesday, removing one of the biggest names on the 2024 free-agency market.

“We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Kawhi. He is an elite player, a terrific partner and a relentless worker who knows how to win and makes it his first priority,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said in a surprise statement. “He elevated our franchise from the moment he arrived. We feel fortunate that Kawhi chose to join the Clippers five years ago, and excited to keep building with him.”

Leonard, 32, owned a $48.8 million option for the 2024-25 campaign, the final season of the four-year, $176.3 million extension he signed with the Clippers in 2021. The length of his new deal is not yet known.

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