He hasn't played since the end of January and now the Spurs are adding to the mystery of his season by sitting him down for the home stretch.
"The injury, rehabilitation and timetable for a return has complicated the Spurs and Leonard's relationship, causing tension and fraying the fabric of what was once a strong partnership, league sources told ESPN".
Even teams at full strength would have trouble navigating the Spurs' second-half schedule, and they'll most likely have to do it without the services of their perennial MVP candidate. San Antonio (35-24) entered the All-Star break just 10-13 in its past 23 games but still in third place in the Western Conference. However, if Utah were to get the sixth seed and the top three teams stay as they are now, they would face off in the first round against the Spurs instead.
However, San Antonio could soon start looking over its shoulder as it only it only two games ahead of fifth-placed Oklahoma City Thunder and three games ahead of sixth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans with a tough schedule ahead.
The Spurs are a losing streak away from dipping out of the playoffs.
When asked if the Spurs were ready to announce Leonard is done for the season, Popovich responded "I'm ready to say what I just said".
Kawhi Leonard is choosing not to play despite being medically cleared. Popovich said at the time Leonard would "probably miss the beginning of the preseason or a good deal of preseason", and the coach indicated the quadriceps issue first developed sometime in the 2016-17 season. I think we'll be happy if he comes back. Whether that happens is apparently up to Leonard, according to a new report.