The Los Angeles Clippers are back to where they want to be near the top of the Western Conference. They currently sit third with a record of 34-18. The Clippers are looking like one of the top teams in the NBA as we head down the stretch of the season but there is one decision that will be hanging over their heads moving forward.
Kawhi Leonard has a player option following the season. He is set to make $36 million is he stays in Los Angeles but there have been rumors that Leonard will opt out and test NBA free agency once again. This is a smart business decision for the 29-year-old star who continues to be one of the best players in basketball.
There will be many teams interested in Leonard. He might not leave the Clippers but could be looking for a new contract. They will certainly be one of the teams in on the sweepstakes. For Leonard this is smart but for the Clippers, it is nerve-wracking.
Los Angeles brought Leonard to town in hopes of winning championships. Paul George was quickly added and the dynamic duo was in place. It was a disappointing first season for the team with their new regime but they are looking stronger after another full offseason.
The Clippers will be a force come postseason time and will hope that this is not their last chance to do something special with this group. It is important for Los Angeles to have some backup plans just in case Kawhi Leonard decides to opt out and ultimately leave. There will be plenty to watch in NBA rumors as the offseason approaches.
There are some interesting names in NBA free agency to keep an eye on once the season is complete. These three players can be viewed as potential replacements for Kawhi Leonard. There is no true replacement but the Clippers will have to see what is out there if they are left short-handed.