San Antonio Spurs’ forward Kawhi Leonard has been a monster in the NBA Finals.
In the Spurs last two games, both blowout victories over the Heat in Miami, Leonard scored 29 points, grabbed four rebounds, dished out two assists, recorded two steals and blocked two shots in game 3 then scored 20 points, pulled down 14 rebounds, had three assists, recorded three steals and blocked three shots in game 4. He has also been excellent on the defensive end and is one of the biggest reasons the Spurs have a 3-1 series lead and are on the verge of closing out the NBA title.
That has led many to speculate about Leonard’s future and most importantly, the kind of money he can make in the future because he will be eligible for an extension this offseason.
Larry Coon of Basketball Insiders answered that question in his latest chat.
Since Leonard is eligible for an extension this summer, how much are the Spurs willing to give him? Yannis tweeted earlier today that he isn’t worth the Max money, considering the fact that Parker and Manu weren’t max guys themselves. You agree?
I don’t think he’s worth the max either, but he’s also 23 and on the upside of his career — something that neither Parker nor Manu can claim. He will obviously be a big part of what the Spurs will be doing in the future, and I think they will need to pay him accordingly. I think they’ll end up somewhere a couple million short of the max.
Leonard averaged 12.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season.