Checking in on former San Antonio Spurs around the NBA

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Kawhi Leonard

After a messy divorce and some awkward tension, Kawhi Leonard has officially been away from San Antonio for half a decade. In that time, he famously won his second championship and Finals MVP with Toronto before immediately leaving for the Clippers during the summer. While injuries continue to plague Leonard, he still shows the league why he's one of the best when healthy. After missing last season due to a torn ACL, Leonard has returned and has the Clippers as one of the top teams in the West as he plays alongside Paul George and Russell Westbrook.

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson has had a successful NBA career since leaving San Antonio and will continue to have a place in the league. Anderson departed San Antonio after the Spurs declined to match a contract offer from Memphis. While Anderson isn't stuffing stat sheets, he's been a steady defensive presence over the past half-decade. He was with Memphis for four years before joining the Timberwolves this season. The 29-year-old will never be the focal point of an offense, but he's a staple role player that teams will continue to value.

Patty Mills

As one of the most beloved Spurs players to come through San Antonio, Patty Mills has been through a lot of drama over the past two seasons in Brooklyn. He joined a loaded roster with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden. A team that many people pegged as favorites to win it all, only to fall apart midseason due to personal drama from Irving and a trade request from Harden. A year later, the Nets lost even more as they traded Durant and Irving and disbanded a championship contender in the span of a week.

With all the drama out of the way, Mills has been steady for the Nets, playing in 81 games in his first season and averaging a career-high in points on a red-hot 40% shooting from three. However, his reputation as a relatively durable player has started to diminish. The 34-year-old has only played in 38 games this season, with multiple stints on the sidelines. Additionally, his role has taken a dramatic hit, going from 29 minutes a night last season to only 13.6 minutes this season. Age is catching up to Bala in his 14th season in the NBA, and he may have limited time left in the league.

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