Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the Clippers Are Now on the Clock
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George can both opt out of their contracts after next season. That puts the entire Clippers franchise on the clock.Paul George signed a four-year, $136.9 million deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2018, but the fourth season is a player option for $37.9 million. By the time he was traded to the Clippers in the summer of 2019, he only had two guaranteed seasons left on his deal. Meanwhile, Kawhi Leonard inked a three-year, $103.1 million deal with the Clippers in the summer of 2019, but the third year is a player option worth $36 million. That means both Leonard and George can bounce out of LA if the 2020-21 season goes south.
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Los Angeles Clippers guard Lou Williams had something to say about a report claiming he and his teammates took issue with the team’s treatment of Kawhi Leonard. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lou Williams seems to disagree with a report that indicated Clippers players resented Kawhi's special treatment.
A report by The Athletic on Thursday indicated that Clipper veterans such as Williams, Montrezl Harrell, and Patrick Beverley “bristled” at preferential treatment Leonard received from the team.
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George also indicated that the Clippers had some chemistry issues, and it sounds as if he was at the center of some of those. George got off to a slow start in Orlando before opening up about the mental struggles he experienced in the bubble. He then began to play better, but he had a couple of terrible games against Denver. One of them was in Game 7, and his recent elimination game stats show that has become a concerning trend.Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily.
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On Friday, Williams fired back on social media. He said in an Instagram comment that he didn’t even know what “bristle” meant, and called on The Athletic reporter Jovan Buha to reveal his source.
Reports about Leonard’s special treatment alienating his teammates persisted for much of the season. Players had a similar response to previous reports. The fact that it kept coming up indicates that there was probably something to it, though. That’s especially true when multiple players confirmed that the team wasn’t as solid of a unit as it could have been.
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Every NBA regular is well paid, but some guys are bringing home the bacon big time. These are the 25 most lucrative NBA contracts based on average value. Figures are via Spotrac and include extensions that have not yet kicked in.
The Timberwolves hit it out of the park when they drafted KAT first overall out of Kentucky. While his defense could use some work, his offensive skill is at the top of the league, especially for a big man. That’s why the Wolves were willing to give him this big deal — five years, $158 million — after his rookie contract expired.
Murray isn’t as good as Nikola Jokic, but he was drafted higher and also signed his deal a couple of years later. The average value of contracts tend to rise from year to year. Fortunately for the Nuggets, Murray took his game to the next level during the 2020 playoffs. Now his contract feels even more justified. He signed the same five-year, $158 million deal as Towns (and other guys who got the max after their rookie deals ran out).
Hayward and the Celtics both suffered bad blows right after this deal, worth $128 million, was signed. In his first game with Boston, Hayward suffered a brutal leg injury. He’s never quite been the same since, though his skills have popped up here and there.
McCollum is forever playing second fiddle to Damian Lillard, who you will see later on this list. The Lehigh alum has averaged over 20 points per game in each of the last four seasons and is also one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA. He will earn around $33 million on average through the rest of his deal.
Kyrie is polarizing, both in his play and in his personality. There is a reason he’s basically been drummed out of two towns, and he hasn’t exactly gotten along great with his teammates in Brooklyn. Still, there will always be somebody to tolerate Irving given his ability. Few people can attack the basket like Kyrie, who makes around $34 million a year.
George is the first player on this last who signed his huge deal with a different team than his current one. PG, who will make $34 million this year, signed his deal with the Thunder but has since been traded to the Clippers (at Kawhi Leonard’s behest). He and Kawhi are a true dynamic duo, as they are both elite players on both sides of the court. Although, people will complain about his performance in the playoffs once again.
Speaking of the Clippers, Griffin signed his hefty contract, worth $171 million, with L.A. However, he has since been traded to the Pistons. His first full season in Detroit went really well, as he averaged 24.5 points per game. Unfortunately, this season he suffered through injuries and played in only 18 games — and there are still a couple of years left on the deal.
Kawhi has played things pretty perfectly. He forced his way out of San Antonio, went to Toronto and completely salvaged his reputation. Leonard was great, and he helped the Raptors win their first title. Then he took over the offseason by signing with the Clippers and getting Paul George to join him. Plus, he’s normalized “load management” and yet he’s still getting over $34 million per season.
Butler is another guy who is clearly a great player but seems to burn out wherever he goes. Case in point, the 30-year-old is already on his fourth team. Players as good as Butler rarely move around that much. So far, Butler has earned his contract on the court, even though his average salary is over $34 million per year. It seems like he's fitting in for once, and he led Miami to its best season since LeBron left.
Playing in Charlotte, Walker was often overlooked. It’s not like the Hornets are ever on TV. And yet he was an All-Star in his last three seasons with the Hornets and then did it again in his first season with the Celtics, his current team. He will make $35 million this season.
Right now Middleton is the highest-paid player on the Bucks, on a five-year, $178 million deal. Sure, that’s because Giannis is on his rookie deal still, and there are questions if the Bucks will be able to afford to re-sign him. That doesn’t mean Middleton isn’t worth the money. A second-round pick who was once an afterthought in a trade, he’s turned into one of the best players in the league. Maybe it’s a little surprising he’s quite this high up the list, but nobody can quibble with his contract.
Yes, Simmons can’t shoot. Yes, he’s extremely hesitant to shoot threes. On the other hand, who cares? He’s an elite passer who can defend all five positions. The man is the size of a center with the passing skills of an All-Star point guard. Even if he never learns to shoot, and he’s still young, he’ll still be a great player in this league. He signed a five-year extension last year worth $179 million.
People seem to think that it is inevitable that Beal will leave Washington eventually, and he was talked about as a trade target before signing his new deal, worth around $127 million. There's two years left on that extension, which paying him an average of almost $36 million. Beal is a great player, but with John Wall’s injuries, and onerous contract, it seems very unlikely he’ll be able to win with the Wizards.
Thompson has done some crazy stuff in his career. One time he scored 37 points…in one quarter. He’s a great shooter and a perfect foil to Steph Curry. Part of that is his defensive skill. Curry is not a stalwart on that end, but Thompson has made the All-Defense Second Team once. He signed a five-year, $190 million deal last summer.
Obviously, any team would love to give LeBron as much money as possible. When we’re talking these top-level deals, we’re talking guys who are getting the maximum possible. The NBA has limits on individual contracts, and a luxury tax, which is why LeBron is making “only” $38 million per season with the Lakers. They didn’t have his Bird rights or anything, but James was willing to make the move to play for the legendary franchise.
Some people say Paul’s contract is an albatross. After all, he’s 35 and won’t be a free agent until the summer of 2022. On the other hand, he’s still an All-Star-level player. Yes, he’s lost a step, and he’s likely to lose another before his contract, worth $160 million, is up. It takes money to afford a veteran who is a future Hall of Famer.
Curry is the first player on this list averaging over $40 million a season. That’s what happens when you are maybe the best shooter in NBA history. Steph’s play has helped revolutionize the NBA. He can make a three from anywhere, and that’s how he has won two MVPs and three NBA titles. His first deal he signed was a steal because there were worries about his ankles. In a way, this deal kind of feels like a steal as well.
Durant and Curry were teammates for a minute there, and Durant got a couple of rings. He also caught a lot of flak for gunning for a title by joining the Warriors juggernaut. This was in spite of the fact that — shield your eyes, Curry fans — he was the best player on those Golden State teams. Now Durant is with the Nets…or at least he will be once his Achilles heals. His Brooklyn deal is worth $164 million over four years.
Hey, another of Durant’s former teammates! Westbrook was the last man standing in Oklahoma City, and he averaged a triple-double for three seasons in a row, something previously unthinkable. He’s now with the Rockets, trying to help James Harden get over the hump. Sure, Westbrook can’t shoot threes, but he knows how to get buckets and earn his average salary of $41 million.
This is a deal that we imagine the team that signed it, the Wizards, regrets. It felt a little iffy when Wall was signed to a contract worth an average of almost $43 million per year. He’s tied for the second-largest contract in the NBA. Wall was a great player in his prime, but he’s suffered a brutal, cruel run of injury. During the 2018-19 season it was a season-ending heel injury, and then he tore his Achilles tendon at home while recovering from that injury. Wall has not returned to the court since December 2018, but he’s still getting paid a ton of cash, $43 million.
You may not like the way the Beard plays, but you can’t argue with results. He’s led the league in points per game the last three seasons, including averaging a staggering 36.1 points per game last year. When all is said and dude, he will lead the league again in points this year and is going to average comfortably over 30 points...again. Harden’s basketball philosophy melds perfectly with Houston’s. It’s a perfect match, and he is on a four-year, $171 million deal.
We now arrive at the highest-paid player in the NBA. The Blazer is making an average of $49 million per season. He just signed a brand-new extension with a team that owned his Bird rights, which means Portland could pay him more money than any team could pay a player previously. Lillard is deserving of it. He’s an elite shooter and scorer who has made four All-NBA teams already. Now he has the richest deal in the league.
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The 76ers changed their entire philosophy on a dime following another early departure in the NBA playoffs. It’s led to rumors that Daryl Morey will now look to reshape the roster in his mold. Could that include Chris Paul?It just makes too much sense on the surface for the 76ers. Not only did Paul suit up for Morey when he was the general manager of the Houston Rockets, new 76ers head coach Doc Rivers oversaw Paul’s ascension to stardom with the Los Angeles Clippers.