Report: Kawhi works out with Spurs, targets March comeback
NBA.com Global on Feb 27, 2018 08:04 AM
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
Last week, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was not optimistic about the return of star forward Kawhi Leonard.
Five days later according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright, the All-Star is reportedly working out with the team and targeting a return to game action in March.
Leonard has returned to San Antonio from New York, where he spent three weeks seeking further consultation on a right quad injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, league sources said.
Leonard isn't expected to immediately start engaging in full 5-on-5 practices with his teammates, but the goal is to advance toward that level of engagement in the near future, league sources said.
In New York, Leonard had been working out at the National Basketball Players Association headquarters gymnasium, sources said.
Leonard decided to step away from playing following a nine-game return to the Spurs that ended on Jan. 13. His return to the lineup continues to be based on his comfort level with managing the injury.
Wojnarowski previously reported Leonard has been medically cleared to return from his right quadriceps tendinopathy. Wojnarowski also reports the Spurs left it up to Leonard to decide when to return and he has chosen not to:
Leonard has not played since Jan. 13 (Jan. 14, PHL time) and has appeared in just nine games this season.