08/01/2021, 9:40 PM
Expected to decline player option
This is not exactly breaking news, as Leonard was widely expected to decline the option in order to pursue a longer-term contract. As of now, the Clippers are the heavy favorites to retain the two-time Finals MVP, but it's possible Leonard could explore other avenues as an unrestricted free agent. Regardless of where he ultimately ends up, Leonard is likely to miss a large swath of the 2021-22 season after undergoing surgery in July to repair a partially torn ACL in his right knee.
07/31/2021, 11:36 PM
Exercises player option
Ibaka appeared in only 41 games for the Clippers last season as he dealt with a bothersome back injury. He saw 23.3 minutes per game and averaged 11.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks. He should be in for a similar role this upcoming season, though it's possible he sees more run at power forward with Kawhi Leonard (knee) likely out for the majority of the season.
07/14/2021, 12:46 AM
Diagnosed with partially torn ACL
The superstar forward missed the Clippers' last six playoff games -- including the entirety of the Western Conference Finals against the Suns -- due to what was previously diagnosed as a right knee sprain. There were rumblings that Leonard may be dealing with a more serious ACL injury, and those rumors have now been confirmed. The fact that the 30-year-old only suffered a partial tear means that he avoided the worst-case scenario, but the diagnosis certainly still leaves his status for next season in question. He currently does not have a timeline for a return.