Spurs’ Leonard to miss preseason with thigh injury

The San Antonio Spurs announced that Kawhi Leonard will miss the preseason due to a right thigh injury, and that a timeline for his return will be determine at a later date.

The All-Star forward did not take part in the team’s scrimmage at the AT&T Center on Saturday, with the Spurs saying Leonard his rehabbing from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

“We’re still rehabbing his thigh,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “And he’ll probably miss the beginning of preseason or a good deal of preseason, and we’re not going to put a timetable (on a return). But he’s working at it, and we’ll get him back as soon as we can.”

The team did not say when Leonard was injured, but Popovich indicated that the issue began sometime last season. Leonard suffered an ankle injury in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Houston Rockets, then aggravated the injury in Game 1 of the conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, sitting out the remainder of the 4-0 series loss.

Popovich said the ankle is completely healed, but declined to provide more details about the thigh injury.

“No, nothing happened,” Popovich said. “It’s just last year … working on things from last year. It’s gone a little more slowly than we thought. No, (the) ankle’s fine.”

Leonard averaged 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last season while also earning first-team All-NBA honors.



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