Clippers star Kawhi Leonard says declining player option would be best decision

By Peter Thompson 22 December 2020 29
Clippers star Kawhi Leonard says declining player option would be best decision

Kawhi Leonard says his "best decision" would be to decline the player option in his Los Angeles Clippers contract but that would not mean he has decided to move on.

Leonard joined the Clippers as a free agent in July 2019 after playing a massive role in the Toronto Raptors' being crowned NBA champions for the first time.

The four-time NBA All-Star and double NBA Finals MVP could opt out of remaining with the Clippers for the 2021-22 season and hit free agency once again.

Leonard, 29, said he is likely to pass up the player option, but is not looking that far ahead on the eve of a mouth-watering opening night clash with the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.

"Just for my situation right now, I'm just focused on this season," the star forward said on Monday.

"Not saying I'm going anywhere else or staying here, but I'm just focused on the season.

"Obviously, if I'm healthy, the best decision is to decline the player option. But that doesn't mean I'm leaving or staying. I'm focused on the season, like I said.

"We'll talk about that when the time is right."

Leonard averaged the most points (27.1) and assists (4.9) per game in his NBA career in his first season with the Clippers. 

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