Sources: Kawhi Leonard agrees to endorsement deal with New Balance

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/nba/players/4896/" data-ylk="slk:Kawhi Leonard">Kawhi Leonard</a> is making a move in the sneaker game. (AP)
Kawhi Leonard is making a move in the sneaker game. (AP)

Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard has agreed to a multiyear endorsement deal with New Balance, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Leonard, 27, will serve as the face of New Balance basketball, with the company looking to re-establish itself in the basketball market.

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The two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year turned down an extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year, allowing him to become a sneaker free agent.

Darius Bazley, a Syracuse recruit who opted to forgo college to work toward the 2019 NBA draft, is interning for New Balance.

In his first year with the Raptors, Leonard is one of the early MVP favorites. The Raptors own the best mark in the NBA at 18-4, and Leonard is averaging 24.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.

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