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Kawhi Leonard‘s relationship with the San Antonio Spurs has become strained this season due to his quad injury, rehabilitation and timetable for a return — according to a report from ESPN.
On Wednesday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters that he would be “surprised” if Leonard played again this season, sending shockwaves throughout the league.
Leonard has only appeared in nine games this season. He was shut down on Jan. 13 after experiencing a setback with his quad but has been medically cleared to return.
According to ESPN, however, Leonard has elected against returning to the active roster and will only play once he’s ready. The All-Star swingman is in full control of whether he plays again in 2018.
“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, league sources told ESPN. The uncertainty surrounding this season has inspired a palpable stress around the organization, league sources said. If Leonard returns, it will be because he has decided he can manage the pain of the injury, according to the sources.”
The Spurs have never been associated with drama or turmoil, which makes this sequence of events fairly appalling.
ESPN noted that Leonard recently trained in New York, where he got a second opinion on his quad.