Spurs surprise: Leonard returns to team

Despite widespread reports of some uncharacteristic drama, it appears the San Antonio Spurs will get their man.

The player in question is star forward Kawhi Leonard, who returned to practice Tuesday. He did not participate, but at least he was back in the facility.

There’s also this from the San Antonio Express-News:

“Before Leonard can return to game action, he will need to progress through a protocol that includes 3-on-3 and 5-on-5 action.  There is cautious optimism Leonard might be able to play again in March, with a soft target date somewhere on the three-game road trip that begins March 8 at Golden State.”

This despite Spurs coach Gregg Popovich recently expressing doubts as to whether Leonard would play again this year. That news was followed by reports that Leonard — who has missed all but nine game with a right quad injury — may be at odds with the team.

But suddenly, all seems well again.

“It’s always good to see his face,” Spurs guard Danny Green told reporters. “He said he’ll be back, so we knew he was going to be back eventually at some point — playing-wise, not just being around. If he’s that confident mentally, I know he’s going to get the work done to get it done physically.”

Leonard, 26, is a 6-foot-7 small forward. He carries averages of 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds.