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Kawhi Leonard, recovering from knee injury, to re-sign with Los Angeles Clippers

Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, even though he might miss most of the upcoming season due to a knee injury. Andre Iguodala confirmed Friday he is rejoining the Golden State Warriors.

Clippers also re-signing with Reggie Jackson, adding Justise Winslow

Kawhi Leonard He averaged 30.3 points and 7.7 rebounds before partially tearing the ACL in his right knee during a win over the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. (Rick Bowmer/The Associated Press/File)

Kawhi Leonard will re-sign with the Los Angeles Clippers, even though he might miss most of the upcoming season due to a knee injury.

A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Friday that the two sides are still finalizing terms of the contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced.

The Clippers, who reached the Western Conference finals last season, have also agreed to re-sign guard Reggie Jackson and have signed Justise Winslow.

Despite declining his player option for next season last week, Leonard was expected to remain with the Clippers because he could sign a maximum contract worth 35 per cent of the team's salary cap and would be able to earn upwards of $3 million US more for the upcoming season.

Leonard averaged 24.8 points and 6.5 rebounds last season but he was even more dominant in the playoffs. He averaged 30.3 points and 7.7 rebounds before partially tearing the ACL in his right knee during a win over the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals on June 14.

Jackson averaged 17.8 points during the playoffs last season. Winslow has been plagued by injuries the past two seasons. He averaged 6.8 points in 26 games with Memphis last season.

2015 NBA Finals MVP returning to Bay Area

Andre Iguodala confirmed Friday he would be returning to the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal to finish his NBA career. The 37-year-old forward helped the Warriors to three championships in 2015, 2017 and 2018. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Veteran forward Andre Iguodala confirmed Friday he is rejoining the Golden State Warriors.

Iguodala, 37, told the New York Times he intends to sign a one-year deal to return to the Bay Area to finish out his career.

He won three NBA championships during a four-year span with the Warriors and was the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 NBA Finals, the franchise's first title since 1975.

"Who would have thought I'd have the opportunity to go back to the place where I was able to have, whatever you want to call it, legacy years, in terms of the accomplishments, winning multiple championships, the relationships that I was able to build with some of my closest friends and teammates?" Iguodala told the Times.

The Miami Heat declined their $15 million option last week for Iguodala, who also considered the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers.

He averaged 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 21.3 minutes in 63 games (five starts) in 2020-21, his second season with Miami and his 17th in the NBA.

Iguodala was an All-Star with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-12 and helped the Warriors win it all in 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18. He is a two-time All-Defensive Team selection.

Philadelphia's first-round pick (ninth overall) in 2004, Iguodala has averaged 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 1,192 games (784 starts) with the 76ers (2004-12), Denver Nuggets (2012-13), Warriors (2013-19) and Heat.

With files from Reuters

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