Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard will return when "his group" decides

Leonard is now in NY undergoing further evaluation and rehab on his quad, which has limited him to just nine games this season.

Two things stand out: 1) There is still no timetable for Leonard's return, and 2) It's a bit unusual that Popovich, and presumably the Spurs organization, are not in constant communication regarding the health of their franchise superstar. He also made an extended trip to NY earlier this year as he attempts to heal a troublesome right quadriceps that he hurt in October.

San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard.

It has created a cloud of uncertainty if he will be able to take the floor in any of the final few regular season games or the playoffs if the Spurs secure a spot.

Added up, the playoffs are about to commence and San Antonio has no clue whether it will have the services of the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year. And if he isn't offered the super max extension this summer, it gets all the more interesting.

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"I've been through it", Tony Parker told reporters recently.

Leonard's use of outside doctors reportedly irritated the Spurs and has prompted speculation regarding Leonard's long-term future with the club. Same kind of injury, but mine was 100 times worse. In limited minutes in Leonard's nine games this season, he averaged 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. "You just try to stay positive".

Parker, meanwhile, has recovered from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon suffered last May, making his season debut in November after 208 days. "When he and his group feel he's ready, then he'll be ready". Rose, who is a known Spurs and Leonard fan, mentioned that the team's alleged misdiagnosis of his quad injury has made the two-time All-Star lose his trust on the franchise.

This has reached a point where things look to be moving toward a type of situation that the Spurs have been able to avoid under head coach Gregg Popovich throughout his tenure.

"That's where he's doing his rehab", Popovich said.

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