He has always been the type not to say much or show any emotion. That’s something that has never changed for Leonard. He also knows how to save money, too.
Making the big bucks
In 2015, Leonard signed a five-year, $94 million deal with the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard’s performance on the court allowed him to get paid. He deserved every bit of penny that he got. With all that money Leonard was getting, he continued to be the same down-to-earth person he was when he first came into the league.
Even though Leonard has made a good amount of money throughout his career, he has turned down even more. When he requested a trade from San Antonio, he decided to pass up on a $221 million extension with the team. Oh, and it doesn’t stop there. After being traded to the Toronto Raptors and winning an NBA championship, he turned down the Raptors’ $190 million offer to join the Los Angeles Clippers. Leonard signed a four-year deal for $142 million with the Clippers.
It’s apparent that it’s not all about the money for Leonard. But at the same time, he is still making a good amount of cash.
Kawhi Leonard driving his 20-year-old car
One of the first things some NBA players buy with their first check is a car. That was not the case for Leonard. While he was in San Antonio, he still drove the same car he did in high school: a four-door Chevy Tahoe LS, to be exact. In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Leonard said about his car, “It runs, and it’s paid off.”
Now Leonard did have some maintenance done on the car, and for the most part, it was doing the job of getting him where he needed to go. Just watching him throughout his NBA career, it’s almost not surprising to know that he wasn’t driving a new car.
Not only is that a smart way to save money, but it also just lets you see that Leonard is not into the latest cars or fashion. For the most part, he stays to himself, handles his business on the basketball court, and does what he needs to do off the court.
Saving money driving the Tahoe
Leonard saved a nice amount of money, still driving a car that he’s had since high school — and one that is paid off. When you pay off a car, you don’t have to worry about any payments except for maintenance that needs to be done. With Leonard’s salary, that’s something he could afford without any problems.
The way Leonard humbles and carries himself lets you know that he doesn’t get caught up on being a celebrity; he enjoys doing his job as a basketball player.