In a completely unexpected turn of events, Kawhi Leonard has agreed to a five-year, $190 million max contact to stay with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The early contract extension comes as a surprise to analysts, who had anticipated Leonard to make a decision upon becoming a free agent this offseason. Many believed the former NBA Finals MVP’s preferred destination to be the Los Angeles Clippers.
Without taking any free-agency meetings, Leonard announced he is remaining a Raptor during a team dinner at Rol San restaurant in Toronto. Sources at the event say his main reasons for staying were his budding bromance with Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry’s inordinately thick posterior.
In a statement to the media, Leonard said: “Since joining the Raptors this season I’ve fallen in love with Toronto’s diverse culture and its majestic, snowy streets. I want to win many championships here.”
“Happy April Fool’s Day, suckers,” he added, letting out the most awkward laugh imaginable.