Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul both decline options, set to hit free agency

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By , Audacy

Two more stars have officially hit the free-agent market.

Both Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard are expected to decline their player options with the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively, according to multiple reports.

Paul, 36, declined a $44.2 million option for the 2021-22 season after leading the Suns to the NBA Finals, where they fell to the Milwaukee Bucks in six games.

Leonard, who is weeks removed from undergoing ACL surgery, declined his option for $36 million.

Paul and Leonard could still re-sign with their respective teams, but they will both be in the free-agent market.

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted that there is optimism a deal will be reached between Paul and the Suns, even if he declines his option.

Leonard, 30, could garner a contract worth four years, $175 million by declining his option. He could also re-sign with the Clippers for $39 million on a one-year deal, allowing the Clippers to own his Bird rights and warrant a potential five-year, $250 million contract.

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