Leonard (knee) is expected to decline his $36 million player option for the 2021-22 season, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.

The decision isn't exactly breaking news, as Leonard was widely expected to decline the option in order to pursue a longer-term contract. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Clippers are 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.

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