Kawhi Leonard Injury Report: Spurs Superstar Reported 100 Percent Healthy
on Jun 20, 2018 12:40 PM EDT
The San Antonio Spurs are expected to receive calls from other squads after it was reported that Kawhi Leonard had recovered from his quad injury.
Leonard only played nine games in the 2017-18 NBA Season after suffering from a right quadriceps injury.
Kawhi Leonard Perfectly Healthy
During his nine appearances, Leonard was still able to record an impressive stat line of 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.0 steals. However, in his best year as a member of the Spurs, the former Finals Most Valuable Player averaged a career-high 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists.
According to Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports, Kawhi Leonard is now 100 percent healthy and has recuperated from his drastic quad injury. The two-time All-Star worked his way into recovery in a San Diego training facility starting last month.
Busy Week For San Antonio Spurs
With Leonard reportedly returning to his tip-top shape again, it is expected that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers will be renewing their interest in making a trade for the versatile forward. Earlier this week, the Lakers and the Clippers went passive on making a move for Leonard, citing injury concerns.
Leonard has shown the desire of returning home to California to join the LA Lakers but he has yet to request a trade from the Spurs management. The LA Lakers have been rumored to form a super team by acquiring Leonard, Paul George, and LeBron James altogether.
Besides the LA Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers have also thrown themselves into the mix of signing Leonard. It has been reported that the Cavaliers are willing to part ways with Kevin Love to bring the two-time Defensive Player of the Year to Cleveland.
In addition, the Boston Celtics are also expected to join the Leonard sweepstakes later this week. Earlier this year, the Celtics asked for the availability of Leonard in trade negotiations. Aside from the Celtics, the New York Knicks and the Philadelphia 76ers are also projected to make a run for Leonard in this offseason.
Regardless of the continuous trade buzz around the league, a return in San Antonio is still not out of the realm of possibility for Leonard. The four-time All-Defensive team member is in the final year of his contract but has the opportunity to sign a luxurious $219 million extension with the Spurs.
Leonard will likely meet with Spurs tactician Gregg Popovich to discuss a contract extension before exploring other options. Popovich is currently out of town on personal matters.
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