Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs Could Be Headed for a Messy Divorce

  • Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs Could Be Headed for a Messy Divorce

Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs Could Be Headed for a Messy Divorce

Leonard has been suffering from a quad injury all season which caused him to miss all of the preseason.

Leonard spent 10 days in NY prior to the All-Star break consulting with a specialist for a second opinion on the injury, according to the report.

Leonard has not played since January 13 and has appeared in just nine games this season while battling a lingering tendinopathy issue in his right quadricep.

The team's medical staff had actually cleared Leonard to return prior to his December 12 season debut at Dallas, according to sources, who said the forward bears the burden of determining when he's prepared to play again.

When asked by Michael C. Wright about Leonard's status, Spurs head coach #Gregg Popovich delivered bad news for fans, saying he would be "surprised" if his superstar returns this season.

If Kawhi isn't going to make a return this season, suddenly the Spurs look, well, exactly how they've looked all season - mortal. "I'll be surprised if he comes back this year". While missing the playoffs is unlikely at this point in the season, their chances of hosting a playoff series in the first round could easily vanish over the next two months.

The Spurs still find themselves in third place in the tough Western Conference thanks in large part to the elevated play of LaMarcus Aldridge.

Pop continued - "I'm just trying to honest and logical..."

Leonard, the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 NBA Finals and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, has played just nine games this season because of recurring tendinopathy in his right quadriceps.

It will likely be awhile before we finally figure out why Kawhi has missed so much time and the details of the dispute between him and the team.

With the All-Star break coming to an end, the San Antonio Spurs are now focusing on competing for the championship this year but will have to do so without their star player.

Normally, the thought of having to face the Spurs in a playoff series would feel like a death sentence.

Woj states that Leonard has been medically cleared to return but he has elected against returning to the active roster to be available for selection.