LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Almost exactly one month after injuring his knee, the Clippers announced that superstar Kawhi Leonard has undergone surgery for a partially torn ACL.
The Clippers reported that the 30-year-old Leonard underwent surgery Tuesday on his right knee. He has no timetable for return.READ MORE: Kathy Griffin Announces She Has Lung Cancer
Leonard injured his knee late in Game 4 of the Clippers’ second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks.
For the remainder of the playoffs, the team remained mum on the exact nature of the injury, calling it a knee sprain and saying he was day-to-day.READ MORE: Wild Pursuit Comes To An End In Baldwin Park
Leonard, who has struggled with injuries throughout is NBA career, has a $36 million player option for next season. He has until Aug. 1 to decide whether to decline the option and become an unrestricted free agent, in which case he could resign with the Clippers for a longer four-year deal or choose to go to another team.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, if Leonard declines the option, he would be eligible to resign with the Clippers with a four-year, $176 million deal.MORE NEWS: Scorching Heat, Strong Winds Brings Elevated Wildfire Risk To LA Region
Despite losing Leonard, behind the stellar play of Paul George, the Clippers advanced to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in the franchise’s 51-year history, but fell to the Suns in six games.