Sport Paul and Leonard expected to decline options ahead of NBA free agency period
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Heading into their first elimination game of the 2021 NBA playoffs, the Phoenix Suns are eager to embrace the challenge."Can't give up now" has become a rallying cry for Phoenix Suns fans and the sentiment has never been more appropriate than it is now.
Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard are expected to decline player options for next season ahead of the NBA free agency period opening on Monday, but the veteran stars may stay with their teams.
After leading the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals, Paul will not exercise his $44million option for the 2021-22 season, The Athletic reported. ESPN added that the Suns are optimistic they will be able to re-sign the 36-year-old.
Yahoo Sports first reported Leonard would decline his $36m option with the Los Angeles Clippers and become an unrestricted free agent, but ESPN reports he is expected to remain with the Clippers on a new deal after suffering a season-ending knee injury during the playoffs.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a historic 50-point performance when it mattered most in leading the Milwaukee Bucks to their first NBA title since 1971 by defeating the Phoenix Suns 105-98 on Tuesday. The Bucks captured the best-of-seven NBA Finals by four games to two, becoming only the fifth team to claim the crown after dropping the first two contests. Antetokounmpo, only the seventh player in finals history with a 50-point game, made 17-of-19 free throws while adding 14 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Bucks went a NBA-best 10-1 at home in the playoffs to end a half-century title drought."I want to thank Milwaukee for believing in me.
Even if they end up staying where they are, those two will be the two biggest names on the open market beginning on Monday, but others figure to be available in trades.
Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors may top that list as he is expected to move on from Toronto. ESPN reported that the Miami Heat's move to pick up Goran Dragic's $19.4m team option might have been designed to facilitate a sign-and-trade deal for Lowry.
Ben Simmons also could be on the move from the Philadelphia 76ers, but Bradley Beal now seems set to stay with the Washington Wizards after they sent Russell Westbrook to the Los Angeles Lakers in a draft-night trade.
Basketball - NBA: Leonard extended with the Clippers, Tillie continues with Memphis .
© Panoramic Leonard Clippers 310121 As expected, Kawhi Leonard has extended with Los Angeles Clippers for four years and $ 176 million. By the way, good news for Killian Tillie who saw the Memphis Grizzlies offer him a new "Two-Way Contract. arrived during the summer of 2019, Kawhi Leonard should leave a little in California. As expected, the All-Star winger prolonged Thursday his contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.