Kawhi Leonard is not close to an extension according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
Yahoo Sources: As Kawhi Leonard pursues max deal, no traction in extension talks with San Antonio. http://t.co/7aAIQZUruk
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) October 27, 2014
According to league sources, Kawhi Leonard is continuing to hold his stance on wanting a maximum contract. The San Antonio Spurs, however, appear to want a deal under the max.
The result of the two different wants has created a tough situation for both parties, especially with the extension deadline for Leonard being October 31st.
R.C. Buford and Kawhi Leonard’s agent, Brian Elfus, have had discussions over the past few weeks but have yet to reach an agreement.
With the extension deadline for the NBA Class of 2011 looming on Friday, there could be chance a deal does not come to fruition.
The good news is that no agreement would not be the end of the world. By not signing an extension, Kawhi Leonard would become a restricted free agent next summer, 2015.
As a restricted free agent, the San Antonio Spurs would still maintain the 23-year-old rising star’s rights, meaning they can match any offer sheet Leonard signs with another team.
Right now, Kawhi Leonard could be signed for a maximum of five-years, $90 million plus if the Spurs make the former San Diego State star a designated player on the team. San Antonio could also sign Leonard to a four-year deal if they choose not to name him as a designated player.
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Kawhi Leonard is coming off his best season in his young NBA career. The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 12.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in the 2013-2014 season on a solid 52% from the field and 38% from deep.
Leonard improved his play in the playoffs, averaging 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds. Thanks to his outstanding performance in the NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard was able to pick up the Finals MVP award, the second youngest to receive the award.
What do you think of the Kawhi Leonard situation? Will an agreement be reached? Should Leonard or the Spurs make the sacrifice? Let us know in the comments!
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