Apr 30, 2015; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forwardKawhi Leonard
(2) drives against Los Angeles Clippers small forwardMatt Barnes
(22) in game six of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports
The San Antonio Spurs always seem to get their players to return at a price that benefits the organization. It happened once again. Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green are both expected to sign with the Spurs next week. The news isn’t a surprise by any means, it’s the amount that the Spurs will be giving.
Leonard’s deal is a maximum contract extension for five-years $90 million. Just to give you an idea, that is $18 million per year. Goran Dragic got the same deal with the Miami Heat and Khris Middleton got $70 million for four years in Milwaukee. Both players are terrific players, but Leonard is steps ahead at this point.
Leonard averaged 16.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and 2.3 steals last year. He was also the defensive player of the year. If Leonard would’ve tested the market, he would be looking at an easy $100-110 million for five years.
The same goes for Danny Green, who’s deal is 4-years $45 million. Green averaged 11.7 points and 4.2 rebounds. He also broke the Spurs single season record for three-pointers made with 191. Green is also a good defender, that can guard both wing spots.
The Spurs were once again winners with these two signings and they might not be done yet. They are still in pursuit for all-star LaMarcus Aldridge.