Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard have rejected player options in their contracts and will enter free agency.
According to ESPN, Paul and the Phoenix Suns will target a new deal once the NBA’s free agency opens on Monday (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Paul averaged 16.4 points and 8.9 assists as he became a spark that led the Suns out of the playoffs to two wins before the NBA championship.
“I think for myself, I just look at myself and find out how I can improve, what I could have done more, and make sure I come back next season ready to do it again,” Paul said at the end of the season. .
The situation is a little different for Kawhi Leonard, he chooses not to participate while recording an operation on a partially torn right anterior cruciate ligament. Leonard is still expected to be a Clipper and can either sign a four-year, $ 176.2 million deal or accept a one-and-one deal that would make him a free agent again in 2022, which will take him to five years and $ 235 million. we offer the following season.
“We look forward to a long-term relationship with him,” Clippers president of basketball operations Lawrence Frank said last week. “Right now, our focus, like Kawhi, is on your health. Had major surgery. The anterior cruciate ligament was torn. That is going to take a long time and we want to support you in that. “
Speaking to reporters in December, Leonard stated that if he was healthy, the best option would be to decline the option with the goal of a bigger and longer deal.
Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard takes over off-court work and shares a new song, “Waves,” with Gunna and Polo G. The single will be part of his upcoming Culture Jam project, which is associated with the industry. the Eesean Bolden powerhouse. The first project of its kind celebrates the union of hip-hop, basketball and community. The full release is scheduled for later this year on the Virgin Music Label.