The Summer of Kawhi began with a round of golf. The Finals MVP was up and at 'em Wednesday morning, hitting the links with his agent. By afternoon, Kawhi Leonard was aboard Barge No. 16 in the middle of the San Antonio River, the centerpiece of a Spurs championship parade that felt a bit like his own anointing. The typically stoic small forward was all smiles throughout the day. At one point, the soft-spoken Leonard grabbed a microphone and bellowed a boisterous “Go Spurs Go!,” delighting and startling revelers on the riverbanks. “We're just trying to live in the moment and soak it all in,” Leonard said after disembarking ashore. “Just keep the experience in our heart and keep it moving.” His first career river parade marked the start of what should be an eventful summer for Leonard, who turns 23 on June 29. By the end of it, he could be set for life. Beginning July 1, Leonard is eligible for a contract extension. The maximum the Spurs can offer him, under the NBA's collective bargaining agreement, is a five-year deal worth a tad less than $79 million. The Spurs have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement with Leonard. Otherwise, he becomes a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, when his rookie-scale deal expires. That wouldn't necessarily mean the end of Leonard's tenure with the Spurs. The team would still retain the right to match any free-agent offer Leonard might garner next summer.
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San Antonio Express-News | Jun 20