Kawhi Leonard may not have received the contract extension he wanted from the San Antonio Spurs but that does not mean he will not continue to play for the Spurs.
Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals MVP, sat down with USA Today Sports to talk about his impending free agency and and he had some words to assure Spurs fans that his heart lies in San Antonio.
I don’t think I’m going anywhere. I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that. You never know. We’ll see what happens next summer, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life.
I was never upset about (the extension). I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn’t do it yet. That’ll play out. I’m just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I’m not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it.
Those are definitely some reassuring words for Spurs fans, especially with the possibility of terrific trio of Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker coming to a close soon.
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Kawhi Leonard has been fantastic for the Spurs this season, especially as of late. Leonard is averaging 22.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in San Antonio’s past two wins.
Leonard is integral to the franchise’s future and sorting out this contract situation is just a matter of both sides coming to an agreement. The good news here is that the contract situation seems to not have put a strain on the relationship between the Spurs and Leonard.
What are your thoughts about Kawhi Leonard’s comments? Will he stay in a “Spurs jersey for life”? Let us know in the comments!