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Clippers Star Kawhi Leonard Undergoes Surgery For Partially Torn ACL

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.

NBA: JUN 14 Western Conference Playoffs Second Round - Jazz at Clippers
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 14: LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (2) during the game 4 of the second round of the Western Conference Playoffs between the Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers on June 14, 2021, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Jevone Moore/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Clippers reported that the 30-year-old Leonard underwent surgery Tuesday on his right knee. He has no timetable for return.

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.

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.

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.

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