Report: Spurs’ Leonard targeting Tuesday return

San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard could make his season debut on Tuesday (12/12) against the Dallas Mavericks barring any setbacks in his rehab, according to a report from ESPN.

Leonard hasn’t suited up this year due to right quadriceps tendinopathy, but told reporters on Monday he’s been doing five-on-five with contact in practice and should be back on the floor soon.

“I feel good,” Leonard told reporters. “Soon to come, I’ll be able to play on the floor. It’s been a long wait but I’m feeling pretty healthy right now. I’ve been playing five-on-five so that’s where I’m at right now. Still got to go through a few more processes of doing that and I should be back soon.”

Leonard, arguably the best two-way player in the NBA, hasn’t played since Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference Finals. He averaged 25.5 points, 3.5 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game last season and finished third in MVP voting behind Russell Westbrook and James Harden.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said last week that Leonard is in his last steps. The team is 17-8 on the season and will be even more lethal once Leonard returns.