On Wednesday morning Kawhi Leonard gave an update on his recovery from right quadriceps tendinopathy on Wednesday, saying he could return "soon," while acknowledging he's open to the idea of finishing his career in San Antonio.
There were numerous speculations about Kawhi's future with the organization, however, one of the best 2-way players in the league discarded those statements. He continues by saying "there is no friction between him and the Spurs" regarding his treatment for the quadriceps ailment that has limited him to just nine games this season.
Spurs forward said, "Sure," when asked whether the plan for him was to rejoin teammates on the court as soon as possible.
"We've taken the right steps," Leonard said. "We don't want to take any steps back and just aggravate things. Like I said: It's hard to explain. But obviously, I'm a competitor, and if I can play, I'm going to go out and play as I did in the nine games, just to test it out. It just wasn't where we wanted it to be."
Head coach Gregg Popovich has noted that he would be "surprised" if Leonard returned this season.
Leonard has played in just nine games this season. He is averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists in that small sample size. He has not played since Jan. 13 when he logged 28 minutes in a 112-80 win against the Denver Nuggets.