Report: Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard to return this weekend
FILE - HOUSTON, TX - MAY 7: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs stands for a moment of silence for the National Anthem before the game against the Houston Rockets during Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2017 Playoffs on May 7, 2017 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The San Antonio Spurs may finally get their best player back on the court.
Kawhi Leonard, who has not played since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals due to a right quadriceps injury, could make his season debut on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) against the Phoenix Suns, according to a report from the San Antonio Express-News:
The wait for Kawhi Leonard’s return may finally be coming to an end. League sources tell the Express-News Leonard could make his season debut for the Spurs on Saturday against the Phoenix Suns barring any setbacks.
According to sources, Leonard participate in a final workout session Thursday. The team will re-evaluate Leonard on Friday. If all goes well, and Leonard feels OK, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year will travel with the team to Phoenix after Friday’s game against Boston to play in the second game of a back-to-back.
Leonard has been participating in 5-on-5 play in practice, but the Spurs have yet to commit on a firm return date for their star forward.
Leonard was a Kia Most Valuable Player finalist last season after averaging 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game while leading the Spurs to a 61-21 regular season record.