Leonard hopes to return ‘soon,’ wants to retire a Spur

San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard finally broke his silence Wednesday, as the All-Star small forward spoke with the media for the first time since reports surfaced he and the Spurs’ relationship has became strained due to the management and recovery of his quad injury.

ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported two weeks ago that the injury, rehabilitation and timetable for a return has complicated the Spurs and Leonard’s relationship, causing tension and fraying the fabric of what was once a strong partnership.

Wojnarowski also said on his weekly podcast that there is a tremendous disconnect between Leonard’s camp and the Spurs.

To the delight of Spurs fans everywhere, Leonard shot down all those rumors on Wednesday, telling reporters there is no friction between him and the Spurs.

“Everything was done as a group,” Leonard said. “I don’t feel like nothing was friction. I talk to Pop (Gregg Popovich) every day. He knows what the progressions were. He knew what I was doing the whole entire time, as well as the front office. We made a group decision. So it was me just going out and saying I am going to go out and do this thing. I just have to keep doing what I am doing. The progression that I am making has been great. I just have to keep doing what I am doing.”

Leonard says he hopes to return to the court “soon” but that he doesn’t have set date at the moment. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has only played in nine games this season.

When asked if he would like to finish his career as a Spur, Leonard said, “Yeah, for sure.”

The Spurs enter Wednesday with a record of 37-27, good for fifth place in the Western Conference.