Kawhi Leonard returns to the Clippers, while Kevin Durant of the Nets signs a four-year contract extension.

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Both Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers and Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets are expected to return to their respective teams for the 2021-22 NBA season.

League sources told ESPN, Yahoo Sports and the Los Angeles Times that Leonard, who previously declined his player option for $36 million this coming season to become an unrestricted free agent, has agreed to return to the Clippers. Terms of the contract are still being finalized.

Leonard’s expected decision to remain in Los Angeles comes on the same day that veteran guard Reggie Jackson agreed to re-sign with the Clippers on a two-year, $22 million contract. The team also agreed to a two-year contract with forwards Justise Winslow.

Durant only appeared in 35 regular-season games for the Nets last season due to COVID-19 issues and a lingering hamstring injury. Despite this, he averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.

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Durant, 32, then averaged 34.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 12 postseason games for Brooklyn. During the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Nets were defeated in seven games by the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.

Along with Durant, Brooklyn Nets guards Kyrie Irving and James Harden will be eligible to sign contract extensions this offseason.

The 11-time All-Star and his longtime manager, Rich Kleiman, confirmed the agreement Friday on Boardroom. As part of the extension, Durant will decline his existing 2022-23 player option and extend off of his $42 million base salary for the upcoming 2021-22 campaign.

Due to COVID-19 issues and a lingering hamstring injury, Durant only played in 35 regular-season games for the Nets last season. Despite these difficulties, he averaged 26.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game.

Durant, 32, then averaged 34.3 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in 12 postseason games for Brooklyn. During the Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Nets were defeated in seven games by the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.

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Along with Durant, Brooklyn Nets guards Kyrie Irving and James Harden will be eligible to sign contract extensions this offseason.

 

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