Leonard return to Spurs remains unclear

Kawhi Leonard injury update Spurs forward returns to New York for rehab

The San Antonio Spurs will have to wait a little longer for the return of Kawhi Leonard as Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael Wright of ESPN are reporting that the former all-star and defensive player of the year has returned to NY for rehab.

"He's trying to get well", Popovich said.

For the second time, he chose to leave the team and travel to New York City to rehabilitate his quad injury.

This is the second time this season Leonard has travelled to NY.

The reporter then noted that even if the Spurs ultimately gives him a supermax extension this summer, the possibility of Leonard getting traded is still there as soon as he becomes trade-eligible in September of next year.

"I don't know when he's going to feel, he and his group are going to feel like they're ready to go", Popovich told reporters Sunday.

That's probably the end of Leonard's regular season after nine games. "If I knew, he'd be here".

Two things stand out: 1) There is still no timetable for Leonard's return, and 2) It's a bit unusual that Popovich, and presumably the Spurs organization, are not in constant communication regarding the health of their franchise superstar.

The season-long drama regarding Leonard's health has left a lingering cloud over a franchise that needs to win its final six regular-season games to stretch its streak of 50-win seasons to 19. "So when he and his group feel he's ready, then he'll be ready". "Of course that's the goal [of his stay in New York], to get well, that's what he's doing".

Led by LaMarcus Aldridge's best season with the team, San Antonio is now fourth in the tightly packed Western Conference. He averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season. Dealing him to the Lakers would also be "doing right" by the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as San Antonio grants him his wish of playing for his hometown club, Early said. Wojnarowski reported that Leonard planned to play in San Antonio's game on March 15, but that plan was aborted.

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