Sport Paul and Leonard expected to decline options ahead of NBA free agency period

07:00  02 august  2021
07:00  02 august  2021 Source:   goal.com

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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.

Chris Paul standing in front of a basketball game: Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul © NBAE via Getty Images Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul

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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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.

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© 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.

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