Kawhi Leonard Will Not Part Ways with Agency

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 31, 2016

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard celebrates a 3-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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After rumors to the contrary, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is staying with Brian Elfus and Impact Sports Management. ESPN.com's Zach Lowe reported Thursday that it's "basically an internal shift in who does what for him."

USA Today's Sam Amick confirmed the Spurs star will remain an Impact Sports client:

Sam Amick @sam_amick

Re: report Kawhi Leonard left his agent Brian Elfus, he tells USAT it's "unfounded" & "Kawhi...remains a client of Impact Sports Management"

Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated and the Boston Globe clarified what Elfus' role will be with regard to Leonard's representation:

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer

According to Brian Elfus, the only change in Kawhi Leonard's representation is that he has "stepped back from off the court negotiations."

Fischer initially reported Leonard was parting ways with Elfus altogether but has since removed the tweet in question.

Nine months ago, Leonard signed a five-year, $90 million deal to stay with the Spurs, per ESPN.com. Although the reigning Defensive Player of the Year eventually received a max deal, his impending restricted free agency was a critical time for both him and Elfus last season.

Elfus told The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski in October 2014 that Leonard was holding out for a maximum contract. In November 2014, Buck Harvey of the San Antonio Express-News detailed the significance of the situation:

Elfus is an agent by trade and by personality, and he's been on the cusp of a payday and a breakthrough moment. Leonard is his only big-name client, and this is part of the tension. Given the dollars being thrown around on lesser players in Leonard's rookie class, Elfus has been put on the spot.

If he can't get the Finals MVP a max contract, does his career take a hit? According to an official with another NBA team, several high-profile agents have sensed the same. They reached out to Leonard before last week, and they will have more reason to now.

Considering Elfus ultimately delivered, Leonard had little reason to leave Impact Sports.

Plus, he isn't set to hit free agency until 2019 at the earliest, so he doesn't have to worry about his next contract for another few years.


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