After not signing an extension on his contract before the NBA‘s deadline, San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard's future is still up in the air.
After being named 2014 NBA Finals MVP, a 4-1 series victory over the Miami Heat, Leonard was on top of the world and entering the season, both he and the Spurs were hopeful they could get an extension done.
Unfortunately for the two sides, that didn’t happen and Leonard will now become a restricted free agent in the offseason.
Despite being unable to get a deal done, Leonard isn’t too upset. He is believing in the Spurs and hopes that they will come through for him in the summer.
“I was never upset about (the extension),” Leonard said via USA Today. “I mean they explained to me what their deal is and why they didn’t do it yet. That’ll play out. I’m just here to play basketball and have fun and try to win another championship. If I think about that, then I’m not going to be the same player that I am and will be just out of it.”
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Leonard still can’t imagine playing anywhere else.
“I don’t think I’m going anywhere.” - Kawhi Leonard
“I mean they love me here. I like the organization, and if it was up to me, I want to finish out with one team like a lot of great players have done, to stay with one organization their whole career and just be loyal to that," the small forward added.
"You never know. We’ll see what happens next summer, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be in a Spurs jersey for my whole life.”
Not getting an extension could work out in Leonard’s favor if he continues to show improvement this season. The Spurs Big Three in Ginobili, Duncan and Parker are all on team friendly deals, and with another big year in 2015, Kawhi Leonard could see himself become the best paid player in San Antonio.