By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard has declined his player option for next season and is officially becoming a free agent.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, Leonard declined his $36 million player option for the 2021-22 season, but is expected to renegotiate a new deal the Clippers.

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Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard against the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs on May 22, 2021. (Getty Images)

However, Haynes noted that the 30-year-old Leonard is still open to hearing pitches from other teams.

Leonard is eligible to sign a four-year, $176.2 million deal.

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Leonard underwent surgery last month to repair a partially torn ACL. He could miss the entire upcoming season.

Leonard injured his knee late in Game 4 of the Clippers’ second-round series against the Dallas Mavericks.

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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.