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Spurs Rumors: Kawhi Leonard returned to San Antonio; no meeting set

By Rob Wolkenbrod
SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 28 : Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in street clothes during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center on February 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO,TX - FEBRUARY 28 : Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs sits on the bench in street clothes during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at AT&T Center on February 28, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that , by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Cortes/Getty Images) /
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Kawhi Leonard reportedly returned to San Antonio, but there’s no meeting set between him and the San Antonio Spurs.

According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, Kawhi Leonard returned to San Antonio, which ended about six weeks of injury rehab in New York, due to the right quadriceps ailment that kept the San Antonio Spurs star out for all but nine games this season. However, Leonard does not have a scheduled meeting with the organization’s management.

This comes days after a report that Leonard would return for an exit interview. The team also marked a meeting as a “priority” this offseason.

Leonard made two trips to New York with his camp, to rehab the mysterious quad injury that sidelined him. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne and Michael C. Wright broke that down Tuesday, along with a rare quote from the two-time All-Star, which shed some light on the situation. That did not stop their disclosure that San Antonio and Leonard’s camp have a difference of opinion on this ongoing situation.

Given everything that came to the forefront Tuesday, it’s possible a resolution does not happen soon. A contract extension — a long-term commitment from the San Diego State product — would put this speculation to rest, along with anymore pro-Spurs or pro-Leonard comments from either side. Although, since a team staffer pulled the team’s superstar away from an interview, his last public comments since the end of March, there might be an endless wait to hear from him again.

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The longer this continues, the more likely it becomes the offseason’s biggest story. It’s a rare situation for a usually quiet organization, one who sat in the background of the NBA’s noise, made 21 consecutive playoff appearances and won five championships. Those quiet days seem over for now, though, until a future action puts this saga to bed.

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