Kawhi Leonard will reportedly not be returning to the Toronto Raptors.
According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Leonard has agreed to a deal with the LA Clippers.
Free agent forward Kawhi Leonard will sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.- Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 6, 2019
Leonard will sign a four-year, $142 million max contract with the Clippers.
The Raptors acquired Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs in a blockbuster trade last offseason. Leonard averaged a career-best 26.6 points per game in the 2018-19 season, to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists.
Leonard was even better in the playoffs, posting 30.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He had a number of memorable moments along the way, including hitting one of the biggest shots in NBA history to punch Toronto's ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals and helping the Raptors overcome a 2-0 deficit against the Milwaukee Bucks to make the franchise's first Finals appearance.
Leonard then led the Raptors past the Golden State Warriors and was named Finals MVP for the second time in his career, making him one of only three players to win the award with two different teams.
Following their title run, Leonard turned down his player option for the 2019-20 season to become an unrestricted free agent.
Leonard will reportedly join Paul George, who was acquired by the Clippers via trade with the Thunder moments after the breaking of the Finals MVP's signing.
Sources: Oklahoma City is getting a massive package of future picks, including Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Galllinari, to deliver Kawhi Leonard who he wanted to partner with: Paul George. https://t.co/4bGpMNat8K- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Wojnarowski also reported that the Clippers had long been the frontrunners despite the often-reported Lakers' noise.
Sources: Leonard and George met in LA earlier in week. Clippers had long been frontrunners for Leonard, but it is unlikely he would've made final leap to sign without PG trade. Clippers imagined Leonard as part of a Lakers Big 3 --- and knew they had no choice. They did OKC deal.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
In the end, Kawhi Leonard didn't want to construct a Super Team with the Lakers. He wanted a co-star across the Staples corridor with the Clippers, and made it clear to Steve Ballmer and Lawrence Frank: Get PG, and I'm coming.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Players can negotiate agreements with teams on Monday, July 1 but contracts can't be officially signed until the new league year begins on July 7.