That said, New Balance has not yet unveiled any images of their upcoming basketball sneaker. Leonard has been wearing Air Jordan 32 Low model this year.
As a member of the characteristically stoic San Antonio Spurs, Leonard has garnered a reputation of being stone-faced and serious when it comes to being on the court and off it.
He is averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game in just over 33 minutes per night - all of which are in the top-three on the team.
And some people didn't read the whole sentence before freaking out and thinking that Leonard had signed a multi-year deal, but with the Toronto Raptors and not New Balance.
For some players, there were reservations about the brand's limited footwear range for the 2018-19 season, as the company is still working to design and build new silhouettes. Embiid signed with Under Armour, Oubre with Converse and Hayward with Anta.
It is common practice with shoe deals that incumbent brands are provided with a 10-day window to match their competitors offer.
The per-year figure would place Leonard among the top-15 annual shoe deal earners in the National Basketball Association.
When the news of Leonard signing with New Balance got out, however, Black Twitter and NBA Twitter went to work on Kawhi choosing to endorse "dad shoes". In March, Bazley decommitted from Syracuse to prepare for the 2019 National Basketball Association draft.
It is common in shoe deals that incumbent brands will have up to 10 business days to exercise their "match rights clause", though Jordan Brand has always been resigned to letting Leonard walk, meaning the new contract should become official by next week.
It has been reported that Leonard wanted to leave Jordan due to being disappointed with their offer of $5 million a year, in addition to the brand's refusal to give him a signature shoe line. The brand also sponsored Matt Bonner in the early 2000s.