Leonard now eligible for supermax deal from Spurs

It’s been an offseason full of innuendo, whispers and rumors and Monday, Kawhi Leonard became eligible for a supermax contract.

The day marks the three-year anniversary of the contract he signed July 16, 2015, which means the disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star is now eligible to receive a five-year, $219 million extension from the team should it be offered, according to former Brooklyn Nets assistant general manager Bobby Marks, now of ESPN.

For Leonard, who reportedly has asked to be traded with a preferred destination of the Los Angeles Lakers, the most he could receive with an extension if he is dealt would be $108 million for four years, beginning with the 2019-20 season.

Should he wait until after the 2018-19 season and become an unrestricted free agent, the most Leonard could receive from his new team would be a five-year, $190 million deal.

While the team of Leonard’s reported choice, the Lakers, have been said to have had discussions with the Spurs, the Celtics and the 76ers have also said to have made inquiries, though they’ve reportedly said their top players are not available. Last season, word spread across the NBA landscape that the Raptors have become involved.

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