The LA Clippers got within two games the NBA Finals this season, and likely would’ve made it had Kawhi Leonard been healthy enough to play. Unfortunately, he wasn’t, and the team’s magnificent playoff run came to an end in the Conference Finals.
Leonard suffered an ACL injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Jazz. He would not play in the Clippers’ final eight games of the season, despite trying to suit up on a number of occasions early on. On July 13th, the two-time NBA Finals MVP underwent surgery on his right knee to repair a partially torn ACL. While the Clippers wouldn’t put a timetable on his return, it’s expected that Kawhi Leonard will miss most of the 2021-22 season.
Before his status for the season can be discussed, his future needs to be addressed first. Kawhi Leonard has a player option for the 2021-22 season, one that most are expecting to opt out of in order to re-sign with the Clippers long-term.