LA Clippers All-Star ahead Kawhi Leonard underwent profitable surgical procedure on Tuesday to restore a partial tear of the ACL in his proper knee, the workforce introduced.
Of their launch, the Clippers stated there was no timetable for his return.
Leonard was injured through the fourth quarter of Sport 4 of the Western Convention semifinals in opposition to the Utah Jazz on June 14. He missed Los Angeles’ remaining eight playoff video games with what the workforce known as a sprained proper knee.
The Clippers rallied from a 2-0 sequence deficit to beat the Jazz in six video games, earlier than being eradicated in six video games by the Phoenix Suns within the Western Convention finals.
The Clippers enter the offseason with Leonard’s well being and future on the forefront. Their franchise participant has a participant choice in his contract and might select to choose in for $36 million in 2021-22. If Leonard does so, he can then signal a four-year, $181.5 million extension that will begin in 2022-23, in accordance with ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
“Clearly, if I am wholesome, one of the best resolution is to say no the participant choice,” Leonard stated in December when requested about his future. “However that does not imply I am leaving or staying. I am centered on the season, like I stated. We’ll discuss that when the time is correct.”
Leonard would not have full Hen rights, and that will limit him to a four-year, $176.2 million deal if he declines the choice, in accordance with Marks.
Leonard averaged 24.8 factors, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 regular-season video games throughout his second marketing campaign with the Clippers. He missed 9 out of 10 regular-season video games in April due to a foot harm.
Previous to Leonard’s knee harm, the Clippers acquired a glimpse of their potential with Leonard and Paul George taking part in their finest basketball collectively on the playoff stage. Leonard averaged 30.4 factors, 7.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists whereas taking pictures 57.3% in 11 postseason video games.
George picked up the load after Leonard went down, serving to the Clippers attain the Western Convention finals for the primary time in franchise historical past. George stated “we would be happening” to the NBA Finals had Leonard not been injured.
George, who signed a most contract extension previous to the 2020-21 season that ensures as a lot as $226 million over 5 years, has repeatedly stated he hopes Leonard stays in L.A. long run.
“Nicely, one of many commitments I made signing my contract was to point out I am right here for the long term and I am dedicated to this workforce,” George stated after the Clippers had been eradicated by the Suns. “Hopefully, that weighs on [the Clippers players who have contract decisions to make].”
George wish to see how far the Clippers can go within the playoffs with a wholesome Leonard.
“We have made nice connections,” George stated of he and Leonard. “I believe we have each grown, myself and Kawhi collectively. I believe we actually get pleasure from being teammates, and we see what we may be and what we will do. So, I am completely satisfied. I am completely satisfied to be his teammate.”
The Clippers’ coaching camp is scheduled to start in late September.