Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs did not come to terms on a contract extension prior to the start of the 2014-2015 season. The San Antonio Spurs reluctance to sign Kawhi Leonard may have upset their rising star but it’s all part of the business. The San Antonio Spurs did not want to sign Kawhi Leonard to max contract deal due in part to the salary cap. If the Spurs had signed Kawhi Leonard to a contract extension last season they would have had to pay him in excess of $7,235,148. That would have taken a large part of the Spurs cap space to go after big name free agents this summer. The added $8-million the Spurs saved was a smart move as they can now go after LaMarcus Aldridge or Marc Gasol. This still gives the flexibility to match any offer Kawhi Leonard could receive from another team. But in actuality with Kawhi Leonard being name Defensive Player Of The Year and helping the Spurs win 55 games last season. Expect the Spurs come July 1st at 12:01 AM to offer Kawhi Leonard a max contract deal. Kawhi Leonard is the future star for the San Antonio Spurs and they can’t afford to lose a player with his athleticism and versatility Is Kawhi Leonard a Max Contract player? The answer is yes and if the Spurs hope to win a sixth NBA title they will not let him get away.