San Antonio Spurs superstar Kawhi Leonard was expected to return this week, but is now no longer expected to be back on the court, according to reports.
While his health has improved, the former NBA Finals MVP is not going to play on Thursday as originally anticipated. Leonard, who is feeling much better, has recently had “insane workouts” before his return.
Shams Charania reported that there is no date set for him to play this season (via Yahoo Sports):
“[He will] remain out and will continue to evaluate his injury for a possible comeback before the season ends, league sources said. Leonard has worked hard to play again, seeking multiple opinions on his quadriceps and working with the Spurs to ensure a healthy return to the court, league sources said. A firm target for his return has yet to be determined.”
San Antonio currently has the 10th-best record in the Western Conference, which would give them the No. 13 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. That gives them a 2.2 percent chance of getting a top-three pick, per Tankathon.
If the Spurs did miss the postseason, it would be the first time without San Antonio in the playoffs since 1997.