The Clippers will doubtless be with out their greatest participant for a superb portion of the 2021-22 season.
Los Angeles introduced Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard underwent surgical procedure to restore a partial tear of the ACL in his proper knee. The crew added that there’s at present no timetable for his return to basketball actions.
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Leonard suffered the harm throughout Sport 4 of the Western Convention semifinals. The 2-time NBA Finals MVP got here up limping after a drive towards the basket towards Jazz ahead Joe Ingles. He ended up sitting the final four-plus minutes of that contest, however in his postgame interview with TNT’s Rebecca Haarlow, he mentioned, “I will be good.”
Sadly for Leonard, the knee concern was extra critical than he thought and ended what had been a spectacular playoff run. In 11 postseason video games, Leonard averaged 30.4 factors, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and a pair of.1 steals whereas taking pictures 57.3 p.c from the sphere and 39.3 p.c on 3-pointers.
Whereas it’s not possible to know precisely how a lot time Leonard will miss, harm skilled Jeff Stotts believes his restoration will prolong into subsequent yr. The 2021-22 marketing campaign is anticipated to start Oct. 19, so it would not be surprising to see Leonard caught on the bench for the primary few months of the season.
Leonard can change into an unrestricted free agent this summer season by declining his participant possibility. Along with his historical past of accidents, he could pursue a long-term deal for extra monetary safety.