HoopsHype Kawhi Leonard rumors

December 20, 2012 Updates

Second-year small forward Kawhi Leonard has been recalled from his brief rehab stint in the NBA Developmental League, the Spurs announced Thursday. There was no mention of Leonard’s availability for Friday’s home game against New Orleans. But the ensuing release of James Anderson, who was signed to fill in for Leonard, could be an indication he is ready to return. San Antonio Express-News

In the next step in his comeback from left quadriceps tendinitis, small forward Kawhi Leonard has been shipped to Austin for a rehab assignment with the Toros. Leonard, who has been out since Nov. 17, practiced in Austin on Wednesday. Spurs doctors will re-evaluate him today to help determine his availability for Friday’s home game against New Orleans. San Antonio Express-News

December 19, 2012 Updates
December 10, 2012 Updates

Second-year forward Kawhi Leonard, out since Nov. 16 with left quadriceps tendinitis, is on the four-game road trip that began in Charlotte. But don’t expect to see him on the court before the team returns from the coast-to-coast excursion that continues tonight in Houston and concludes Friday night in Portland. Coach Gregg Popovich says there is no chance Leonard will play in any of the three games that remain on the trip. “I don’t know why he’s here,” Popovich said before Saturday’s game in Charlotte, a 132-102 victory in which the Spurs made a franchise record 19 3 -point shots. “It’s camaraderie crap. Ask the trainers why he’s on the trip. Maybe save your per diem and have a meal on the plane? I don’t know.” San Antonio Express-News

December 5, 2012 Updates

Do you think Cleveland will trade Varejao while his value is high. Would a Spurs trade involving Leonard, Blair and Bonner be a good deal for both teams? Chad Ford (1:23 PM): They're open to it. But it would have to be a very good deal. Varejao is playing as well as any big man in the NBA. There is no reason to trade him unless they are getting back multiple young assets in return. He has a cap friendly contract (based on his performance this year) ... Kawhi Leonard would obviously be attractive to them, but it's going to take more than that to get an All-Star center like Varejao. ESPN.com

December 2, 2012 Updates
November 16, 2012 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Kawhi Leonard is suffering from quadriceps tendinitis in his left knee. The diagnosis was confirmed in an MRI which was performed earlier today. Leonard is expected to be out of action for 10-14 days. He is not scheduled to travel with the Spurs on the team’s upcoming six-game road trip that begins on Wednesday, Nov. 21 in Boston. NBA.com

October 27, 2012 Updates
October 8, 2012 Updates

Leonard says he is open to remaining with the Spurs for as long as he can, citing another Spur for life — Duncan — as the model. For now, the effusive praise Leonard’s coach keeps tossing his way daily only serves as motivation. “It makes me want to work hard so I can live up to that standard,” Leonard said. San Antonio Express-News

More and more, team decision-makers have come to view Leonard as a bridge to the post-Big Three future. To quote Popovich from a summertime mailbag feature posted on the club’s official website: “I think he’s going to be a star. And as time goes on, he’ll be the face of the Spurs, I think.” And on the eve of training camp earlier this month, Popovich all but offered Leonard the job security of a Supreme Court justice. “If the planets and agents and that sort of thing line up,” Popovich said, “we’d love him to be a Spur for life.” That’s a question for 2015, when Leonard’s standard rookie-scale contract expires. San Antonio Express-News

September 19, 2012 Updates

The San Antonio Spurs unveiled today a new alternate jersey that will be worn during the upcoming 2012-13 NBA season. Kawhi Leonard is shown wearing the uniform. The fresh look silver jerseys with black trim feature the Spurs iconic secondary logo prominently on the front. The alternate jerseys will debut at the home opener vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder on Nov. 1 and be worn during multiple home games throughout the season. (ALL RIGHTS RESV'D) San Antonio Express-News

September 1, 2012 Updates

What kind of season do you see Kawhi Leonard having next season? Also, where do you see him in five years? Gregg Popovich: I think he's going to be a star. And as time goes on, he'll be the face of the Spurs I think. At both ends of the court, he is really a special player. And what makes me be so confident about him is that he wants it so badly. He wants to be a good player, I mean a great player. He comes early, he stays late, and he's coachable, he's just like a sponge. When you consider he's only had one year of college and no training camp yet, you can see that he's going to be something else. CBSSports.com

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And considering that Kawhi Leonard was the rare rookie to earn a starting position with the Spurs, Coach Gregg Popovich has been intrigued with his growth this season. “He’s been a real dedicated player, he’s been a quick learner,” Popovich said. “He’s done a good enough job where I can trust him to be in the starting lineup. I’m happy for him.” San Antonio Express-News

May 14, 2012 Updates
March 29, 2012 Updates

Jimmer Mania wasn't all hype. This, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard firmly believes. Immersed in his own rookie season, Leonard admits he hasn't seen Jimmer Fredette play much this season with the Kings. But he remembers how Fredette lit up the Mountain West Conference — and his own San Diego State squad — last season at BYU, led the NCAA in scoring and won national player of the year honors. Fredette, a 6-foot-2 shooter the Kings are hoping to remake as a point guard, has struggled to find a foothold his first season in Sacramento. Heading into Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Fredette was averaging 7.2 points and shooting 38.3 percent in 18:23 per game. “It's his first year,” said Leonard, selected 15th in the June draft, five spots lower than Fredette. “Everybody's struggling as rookies coming in. With the lockout, you didn't get to practice with your teammates. He's a hard worker. I believe he'll get better as time goes on.” San Antonio Express-News

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