The San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard came to an understanding last offseason to put off a contract extension in order to help keep more flexibility for the Spurs this offseason. That flexibility may help San Antonio get LaMarcus Aldridge, and right as free agency began, Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard has agreed to the framework of a five-year max deal worth around $90 million.
Leonard was worth a max extension after he won Finals MVP in 2014, and that didn’t change after a season that saw him win Defensive Player of the Year despite missing some time due to injuries. Leonard is one of the best two-way players in the league and will be a franchise cornerstone for years to come after the team’s Hall of Famers retire.
Leonard won’t finalize the new deal right away in order to keep that salary cap flexibility to sign Aldridge, and the Spurs are reportedly still the front-runners for the star power forward. It’s a bit interesting that Leonard plans to go with the five-year deal instead of a shorter deal to take advantage of the rising cap in the next few years, but that’s certainly great for San Antonio if it stays that way.