HoopsHype Kawhi Leonard rumors


March 29, 2015 Updates

Kawhi Leonard said he is 100 percent healthy again, giving the Spurs their most versatile player back for the stretch run. Leonard will be a restricted free agent this summer and will receive his share of offer sheets, likely including one from the Celtics. Boston coach Brad Stevens gushed about Leonard's defensive prowess Boston Globe

March 5, 2015 Updates

It may not seem like it because of all the injuries that San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard has sustained, but he is averaging career highs in points per game at 15 and 7.4 rebounds per game. However, he’s also averaging career lows in shooting percentages at 32 percent from deep and 44 percent overall. And those kind of stats aren’t lost on head coach Gregg Popovich. “He has improved every year. He has had a strange year this year with all the injuries, but he is a sponge,” said Popovich. ProjectSpurs.com

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"So we needed a '3,''' said Popovich. "We really needed a '3.''' Leonard was a 6-foot-7 small forward with the strength to defend multiple positions. "And in the end, last minute, we finally pulled the trigger,'' Popovich goes on. "Scared to death, rolled the bones, didn't know how it was going to work out. What if Kawhi is not a competitor like George Hill? What if he doesn't care like George Hill? What if he doesn't get along with people? What if he's selfish? You always worry about that. And you do the best job you can -- meaning, R.C. and his guys, intel-wise, trying to figure out what we were getting. They felt comfortable about that, and they were right on the money.'' NBA.com

He is the Spurs' best defender and as versatile as anyone on their team offensively -- in the post, from the 3-point line, on the run or in the halfcourt, scoring or passing or rebounding. "His ego, it's in check,'' said Popovich. "We talk about getting over yourself. He's definitely gotten over himself. He doesn't put himself before anybody. You still have to have enough of an ego to have that drive to want to put your foot in somebody's neck and compete and defeat them, and understand that that's a guy you're going against and you want to come out on top. And he has that. He has that fire in his belly.'' NBA.com

January 28, 2015 Updates

Leonard understands missing 18 of his team’s first 45 games likely crossed him off the lists of most of the Western Conference coaches who must make some tough choices from among a strong group of frontcourt players. “I believe so,” Leonard said after practice Tuesday. “I’d probably be better just having those 17 games behind me, having more experience. But it’s nothing I’m looking forward to. I’m just trying to better myself as a player and help the team.” San Antonio Express-News

January 16, 2015 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs plan to bring Kawhi Leonard back for Friday night's game against Portland after the reigning NBA Finals MVP missed 17 of the Spurs' last 19 games because of a serious hand injury, according ‎to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Leonard has been cleared to return to the lineup against the Blazers after missing San Antonio's last 15 games thanks to a torn ligament in his shooting hand. ESPN.com

January 15, 2015 Updates

Jeff McDonald: Spurs injury report, just released, officially lists Leonard as probable Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

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Citing Leonard’s inability to grab or shoot a basketball, Popovich said his perimeter defensive ace would remain sidelined “for weeks.” Nevertheless, Green said Leonard remains relatively upbeat about his situation despite missing 10 consecutive games and 12 of the past 14. “I talked to Kawhi,” Green said. “He seems like he’s in better spirits because he said he got some good news. I don’t think he has to get surgery. I think he might be back sooner than (the media) or Pop expects. He’s a tough kid.” San Antonio Express-News

January 4, 2015 Updates

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich declared Saturday that it will be weeks before Spurs starting small forward Kawhi Leonard’s right hand regains enough basketball function to allow him to suit up for a game. Sidelined since Dec. 15 with a torn ligament near the base of the hand, Leonard is unable to grasp a basketball or make a normal shooting motion. “It’s going to be weeks,” Popovich said. “More weeks. That’s the way it is.” San Antonio Express-News

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