Free-standing forward Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers although financial terms and contract length are still being worked out, Yahoo Sports reported on Friday night.
The news comes less than a week after Leonard turned down his option, worth $ 36 million, for next season. He was expected to negotiate a new deal to stay with the Clippers.
Leonard, 30, joined the Clippers two years ago after a high-stakes free agency spell that saw several teams woo him.
Double NBA Finals MVP (2014, 2019) and Double Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016) is a Southern California native who picked the Clippers in 2019 over the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors.
In two seasons with Los Angeles and Paul George by his side, the Clippers have reached the Western Conference Finals but no further. The Clippers lost to the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 conference finals with Leonard out for the entire series with a knee injury.
Leonard underwent surgery on a partially torn ACL in his right knee on July 13, and there is no timeline for his return. He could miss an important part of the 2021-22 season.
In 52 regular season games in 2020-21, Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He was named to the All-NBA first team for the third time in his career.
Point guard Reggie Jackson is also returning to the Los Angeles Clippers for a two-year, $ 22 million contract, his agents confirmed to ESPN on Friday.
Jackson, 31, was a key contributor, averaging 10.7 points, 3.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 23 minutes per game in his first full season with the Clippers. He appeared in 67 games, starting 43, and shot 43.3% from three points.
Oklahoma City selected Jackson with the No.24 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He averaged 12.6 points and 4.2 assists in 628 career games with the Thunder (2011-15), Detroit Pistons. (2015-20) and the Clippers.
To end a busy night, the Clippers have also reportedly agreed to the terms of a two-year deal with guard / striker Justise Winslow, again reported by ESPN.
The 2015 No.10 overall pick over Duke, Winslow has career averages of 8.8 points and 5.3 rebounds in 267 games (105 starts) for the Miami Heat (2015-20) and Memphis Grizzlies (2020 -21). He became a free agent when the Grizzlies declined his team option after his only campaign in Memphis.