The reported drama between the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard can be put on hold, for now.
For the past month, the relationship between the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard seemingly broke down, at least according to reports from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This was due to the process of Leonard’s injury rehab, which has taken up most of the 2017-18 season.
However, the latest report from Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright featured Leonard’s return to the Spurs practice facility and a timetable on when he might return to in-game action. It was a swerve from everything heard this week, and seemingly a deflator to almost everything that preceded it.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich’s comments on being “surprised” if his star player return this season came just days before this, too. It all appears abrupt, as in something missing from this puzzle or if there’s not a rift between the player and organization.
It’s speculation, but was there actually a divide between the two sides? There may have been a disagreement over how and when to bring Leonard back, and in a process that differed from how Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker were treated in their respective primes. How bad was it? We might never know, but, maybe returning to the practice facility is a positive sign. Plus, team representatives were already in New York with him, to get a second opinion on the quad.
If there’s potentially a month before Leonard returns, then the rumor mill may simmer on this topic. Especially if he finally speaks on his status, and what the deal was these past six weeks. It’s still a mystery of what happened, so clarity could put all of this to bed.
It might finally be time to relax on this topic, Spurs fans. Let’s wait and see for the next step on Leonard’s injury rehab.