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Apr 15, 2017; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled while shooting by Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (right) during the second half in game one of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Kawhi Leonard’s Future With Spurs Uncertain

The Spurs plan for the future is looking tumultuous. Greg Popovich and the Spurs planned to make Kawhi Leonard their center piece, but now it doesn’t look like a sure thing. Kawhi is an MVP caliber player when healthy. His health status is uncertain. For the first time in his career there appears to be disagreements between him and the organization.

At this point no one knows Kawhi’s intentions. It seems almost certain that he will not return to San Antonio this season. The main reason for his absence is his recent development of tendonopathy. It is a condition that affects the tendons in his quad, and the only way to heal it is rest. It seems that the Spurs organization and Greg Popovich are upset that Kawhi has not returned to play. He did attempt a return with limited minutes over a month ago, but the pain in his quad limited his ability.

Kawhi is also handling the injury with his private doctors in New York. He spent the last week away from the team.

Kawhi is a two time DPOY, four time All-Defense, and two time All-NBA. He is a coveted asset in today’s league, and its going to be an interesting summer for him. He becomes a free agent after this season and the Spurs can offer him a super max deal worth over 200 million dollars and 5 years.

It is unclear if Leonard plans on returning to San Antonio next year, or taking his talents elsewhere. It is also unclear, after the recent injuries, if the Spurs would offer him the max.

According to ESPN multiple GMs are preparing offers for Leonard when the season ends in June. Brian Windhorst believes that the most likely scenario is that Leonard will remain with the Spurs. Even the idea of Kawhi leaving San Antonio has not been considered until now. The Spurs have made it clear that Leonard is their guy. That statement isn’t a sure thing.

 

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