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Kawhi Leonard | Forward | #2

Team: San Antonio Spurs
Age / DOB:  (26) / 6/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: San Diego State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (15) / IND
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Kawhi Leonard (right quad tendinopathy) has been medically cleared to return for the Spurs, but "he has elected against returning to the active roster," according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Gregg Popovich said on Wednesday that he'd be "surprised" if Leonard returned this season, although it's unclear if that includes the postseason. "We only have X number of games left in the season, and he's still not ready to go," Popovich said. "If by some chance he is [ready to play], it's gonna be pretty late into the season ... I'll be surprised if he gets back this year." The revelation that Kawhi has been medically cleared adds to the confusion surrounding his ailment, and he could reportedly play if "he can manage the pain of the injury." Most fantasy owners should already be resigned to a lost season. Feb 21 - 8:38 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Coach Gregg Popovich said he'd be surprised if Kawhi Leonard (quad) returned this season.

Not good. It's unclear if Pop means just the regular season or for the playoffs, as well. The Spurs have not been very forthcoming with updates on Leonard, and there's been no talk of him progressing in his rehab. The Spurs will be giving a longer look at Dejounte Murray as a starter and now Kyle Anderson should be starting for the foreseeable future. Leonard's fantasy owners may want to consider dropping him in what has been a lost season.

Kawhi Leonard (quad) is rumored to want out of San Antonio.

Jalen Rose said that his sources have been telling him that Leonard has been upset with the Spurs inability to bring in "elite-level talent" during free agency (LaMarcus Aldridge?) and that there's a belief out there that players don't want to play for Gregg Popovich, because Popovich requires you to work hard or something. There does appear to be tension brewing between Leonard and the Spurs, but we're skeptical of Rose's assertion that he wants to be traded. Remember, Aldridge was at an impasse with Spurs' management this summer, but they managed to work things out.
Source: USA Today
Jan 23 - 5:46 PM

According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Kawhi Leonard and his camp have been described as "distant" and "disconnected" from the Spurs.

According to the report, "Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact" on Leonard's relationship with the front office and coaching staff. Wojnarowski adds that "there is work to be done to repair what has been until now a successful partnership," so the Spurs find themselves in rare territory for a franchise that is considered to be one of the best in all of sports. Spurs GM RC Buford has refuted these claims, but did add that this process has been "difficult for everyone." The superstar forward remains without a timetable to return as he continues to rehab his troublesome quad injury.
Source: ESPN
Jan 22 - 12:11 PM

Coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs are expecting Kawhi Leonard (quad) to return at some point this season.

Leonard is out indefinitely, but it does sound like he's looking at an extended time off. Considering how careful the Spurs were with him before and how he's only played nine games, it's fair to guess he's not going to play before the All-Star Game. His owners have to hold him and trading for him isn't the worst idea, assuming you're not giving up an elite player. Kyle Anderson is worth an add in 12-team leagues.
Jan 17 - 6:34 PM

The Spurs announced on Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be out for an indefinite period of time as he continues to rehab from right quadricep tendinopathy.

"It hasn't responded the way we wanted it to," said coach Gregg Popovich. "You try to react to how he feels after the games he's played in a little bit. It just hasn't gone as well as we've wanted it to. So we're going to stop him for an indefinite period – I don't know how long that will be – to get more strength and hopefully get him back on the court." This is very concerning given he's only appeared in nine games this season, and Pop's quote seems to imply there's a chance he might not be back this season. Owners in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot have a tough decision to make.
Jan 17 - 2:04 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

Leonard also wasn't on the injury report on Monday but ended up being a late scratch, which was apparently due to his "return from injury management" program. He'll have had three full days off going into Wednesday's game, so he should be able to get out there barring a setback. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround.
Jan 16 - 5:47 PM

Kawhi Leonard said the reason he didn't play on Monday was due to the Spurs' "return from injury management" program, and not due to a flare-up with the quad issue.

The Spurs have been extremely cautious with Leonard this season, not allowing him to play unless he's had two full days off in between games, and that's apparently the reason why he sat out Monday's game (he logged 28 minutes on Saturday). Hopefully, this means we can expect to see him back on the court on Wednesday in Brooklyn, and owners can expect to get another update by Wednesday morning's shootaround at the latest.
Jan 15 - 6:28 PM

Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

This is the same quad issue that delayed Leonard's start to the season, and it's extremely concerning that it's become an issue again with how careful the Spurs have been with him (he's played in just nine games this season). The Spurs take on the Nets in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Leonard questionable for that one. With him unavailable tonight, Kyle Anderson will draw the start with LaMarcus Aldridge doing the heavy lifting on offense.

Kawhi Leonard is "bothered" by his quad injury and is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

He just can't catch a break and neither can his fantasy owners. His shoulder seemed fine in Saturday's game, but this quad injury has been an issue since the offseason. Don't be surprised if the Spurs hold him out in what should be an easy win. If he sits, Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans will step up with LaMarcus Aldridge carrying the offense.
Jan 15 - 1:53 PM

Kawhi Leonard is not being listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Hawks.

Leonard looked fine in his return to action on Saturday, and if he's able to play Monday, it'll be the first time this season he will have played in a game without having two nights off. Based on the current injury report, Rudy Gay (heel) will be the only Spur to hit the sidelines on MLK Day.
Jan 14 - 4:32 PM

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was surprised that Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) was in such great shape on Saturday.

"He's looking confident in his body," Popovich said. "He wasn't winded tonight, which surprised me. He's coming along well." Leonard has played in consecutive games only once and has not played on less than two days' rest, but he said he "needs to string some games together" and that he's remaining patient as he works his way back to 100 percent.
Jan 14 - 9:37 AM

Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) went for a team-high 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot over 28 minutes Saturday against the Nuggets.

Leonard was aggressive on the offensive end, getting to the free-throw line a season-high 11 times, converting nine attempts. He was not tentative in his return to action, and he picked up four steals, too. He has four or more thefts in four straight games, the longest stretch of his career. He was limited to 28 minutes, but that was more the result of the lopsided nature of the score and not due to any type of setback with his shoulder.
Jan 13 - 11:09 PM

Kawhi Leonard (shoulder), Danny Green (groin) and Tony Parker (ankle) are all listed as starters vs. Denver on Saturday.

Gregg Popovich said that he expected all three veterans to return tonight, and this confirms that they're ready to go. The result is that Kyle Anderson, Bryn Forbes and Dejounte Murray are back in their typical bench roles, which should result in severely cut playing time. Anderson is still worth holding, though, at least while Rudy Gay (heel) is on the shelf.
Jan 13 - 8:31 PM

Gregg Popovich expects both Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) and Danny Green (groin) to play on Saturday night.

They were questionable with their injuries, but it sounds like both players should be good to go. Leonard, who missed his previous three games, should be put into lineups, while Green is a shaky play if you have other options.
Jan 13 - 6:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Dejounte Murray
2Tony Parker
3Patty Mills
4Derrick White
SG1Danny Green
2Manu Ginobili
3Brandon Paul
4Bryn Forbes
5Darrun Hilliard
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2Kyle Anderson
PF1LaMarcus Aldridge
2Rudy Gay
3Davis Bertans
4Matt Costello
C1Pau Gasol
2Joffrey Lauvergne