NBA superstar Kawhi Leonard is not someone who likes the limelight.
The 30-year-old former Toronto Raptor joined the LA Clippers in 2019 and signed a four-year, $176.3 million contract extension last spring.
Far from someone who flaunts his immense wealth, Leonard is renowned for his shyness and rarely gives interviews.
But since moving to Los Angeles, the five-time All Star has started to come out of his shell.
The 2021-22 campaign has unfortunately been canceled for ‘The Claw’, with an ACL injury likely to see him sidelined for the Clippers’ entire regular season.
He will likely have undergone his recovery in a magnificent $17.3 million mansion in the exclusive Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles.
One of three properties in Leonard’s portfolio, the stylish pad boasts stunning ocean views and offers nearly 12,000 square feet of comfort.
$176.3 million contract extension
Dressed in a neutral white, the huge rooms are spacious and the bay windows allow a panoramic view of the Pacific.
Originally built for film producer Ryan Kavanaugh, the three-story mansion has six large bedrooms, all of which have their own bathrooms.
While Leonard can relax or entertain in style with a games room, 10-seat cinema and 960-bottle wine cellar at his disposal.
There’s also a home gym for those all-important recovery workouts.
And the luxury doesn’t stop at the 0.86 acre grounds, with a huge infinity pool surrounded by an elegant wooden deck overlooking the mountains.
Leonard shares his forever home with his girlfriend Kishele Shipley and the couple’s two children.
But when it’s game day, he’s got a gorgeous penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton Residences in downtown LA to focus firmly on work.
Located near the Staples Center, the $6.7 million condo features three bedrooms, a rooftop pool and a full fitness center to stay NBA ready.
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There is also an underground garage for Leonard to store his precious vehicles.
And despite a net worth touching $80 million, the Clippers star isn’t following oilmen LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the splash of expensive motors.
While in San Antonio, Leonard always drove a 20-year-old Chevy Tahoe LS – the same vehicle he rode around in high school.
When asked why he hung on to the car for so long, he shrugged, “It’s rolling, and it’s paying off.”
Now that he’s in the glitzy world of LA, there are small signs that Leonard is starting to fit in with the locals.
He received a Rolls-Royce Cullinan as a gift in 2021 – but despite the luxury badge, it’s perfectly understated to match its driver.
The luxury SUV is adorned with a sleek black and white exterior, but there’s no outrageous paint job or fancy rims in sight.
That’s certainly a far cry from LA Lakers rival LeBron, who cruises the streets of Hollywood in a flowery Lamborghini Aventador.
If two properties weren’t enough, Leonard also has a third ace up his sleeve.
In addition to his two pads in Los Angeles, he also owns a third mansion on the coast at Rancho Santa Fe near San Diego.
Costing $13.3 million in 2019, the then-era Raptor splashed down on the five-acre Tuscan-style estate.
Another huge living space, there are seven bedrooms with the master suite featuring a huge walk-in closet and spa-like bath.
Elsewhere, there’s another home cinema, a gourmet kitchen area and a gigantic sprawling pool in the grounds.
All that comfort provides Leonard with an escape from Los Angeles and will likely have served as a welcome getaway base during his recent injury hell.
“IT WORKS, AND IT PAYS”
The Clippers recently provided a rare update on Leonard’s ACL injury, which required surgery in July 2021.
Knee injuries like this usually take about a year to heal, and the Clippers don’t seem confident Kawhi will play again this season.
Coach Ty Lue said on February 4: “We know Kawhi probably won’t be back, we don’t know the PG status.”
“These guys keep fighting every night.”