San Antonio Spurs rumors have Kawhi Leonard already agreeing to a new contract. The Spurs offered Leonard a huge contract as soon as free agency opened, and now the All-Star small forward has already agreed to the terms and framework. A report from Yahoo! Sports late Tuesday (June 30) indicates that the deal is worth just over $90 million for five years. The framework is what Leonard and his agent were looking for, meaning his appearance on the free agent market may be very short-lived.
This is huge news for the Spurs, as it just about guarantees that Kawhi Leonard will be with the team for the 2015-16 NBA season. Despite the team having a lot of other issues to settle this offseason, getting the Leonard situation settled has to make the front office pretty pleased. Leonard has also already released a statement giving his side of the negotiations.
“I have every intention of signing with the San Antonio Spurs. There are details in the contract which need to be worked out with the organization. I am confident that this will be accomplished.”
The other San Antonio Spurs rumors that will take center stage now are negotiations with power forward LaMarcus Aldridge. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Aldridge is leaving the Portland Trail Blazers in free agency. The LA Lakers are also bidding for his services, using Kobe Bryant to lure him to Los Angeles. The Spurs are calling in Tim Duncan to do the selling in Texas, showing Aldridge that he can join a team ready to compete for an NBA title right away.
The Spurs already have a lot of money committed to salaries for the 2015-16 NBA season. Not including the offer to Kawhi Leonard, they have just over $30 million on the books. In addition to pursuing LaMarcus Aldridge, the team also has to sign Tim Duncan and decide if bringing back Manu Ginobili and Danny Green is the right move. Duncan might need to take a huge pay cut to make the numbers work, but if he gets the chance to play with Aldridge, there is no reason to think he wouldn’t do it.
Locking up Leonard in a long-term deal was the primary piece of business that the Spurs had to worry about this offseason. With that situation nearly settled, it could be very interesting to see what the team does next. If the meeting with LaMarcus Aldridge goes well, fans could see San Antonio Spurs rumors about how they intend to approach the free agency of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili as well.
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