Kawhi Leonard RUMORS & NEWS

  • Barkley: LeBron, Kawhi are better all-around players than Curry

    USA Today "Charles Barkley is also joining LeBron James in debating the meaning of the NBA’s Most Valuable Player. While appearing on ESPN’s Russillo & Kanell on Friday, the TNT analyst had this to say about calling Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry the best player in the NBA." May 13

  • Charles Barkley Says LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard Are Best Players in NBA

    Complex "Charles Barkley may have been in the news more during this NBA Playoffs than he ever was as a player. Whether the coverage has focused on him feuding with Charles Oakley, asking Dwight Howard to explain why people hate him, or just speculating on who will play him in the next Space Jam, Barkley..." May 13

  • Kawhi Leonard finishes second in NBA MVP voting

    Pounding The Rock "Kawhi Leonard has emerged as perhaps the league's best two-way player. He had a career year, posting averages of 21.2 points per game, 6.8 rebounds per game, and a PER of 26.11. If Stephen Curry hadn't had the best single offensive season in league history, Kawhi easily could have challenged for..." May 10

  • Spurs’ Duncan: Leonard not getting star treatment he deserves

    San Antonio Express-News "It doesn’t take Tim Duncan long to recount the most drawn-out conversation he has ever had with Kawhi Leonard. “I don’t think it’s ever surpassed 10 or 15 seconds,” Duncan said. The Spurs’ small forward, like Duncan before him, prefers to deal in deeds rather than words. “He hasn’t said a..." April 27

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Get An Apparel Line With Jordan Because He Was Sick Of Seeing His Fake ‘Klaw’ Logo

    Uproxx "Here’s one thing we know for sure: If you steal from Kawhi Leonard, he will just swipe everything you took right back. The NBA’s back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year is the real deal on the court. So, it’s only natural he wants his fans to get the real stuff off it, too. Leonard was..." April 19

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    NBA @NBA

    Kawhi Leonard of the @Spurs named 2015-16 @Kia NBA Defensive Player of the Year! #KiaDPOY pic.twitter.com/BtSWkej3fv

  • Spurs' Kawhi Leonard named NBA Defensive Player of the Year

    San Antonio Express-News "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was named the 2015-16 NBA Defensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row, the NBA announced Monday. Leonard received 84 first-place votes and 547 total points to edge out Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, who was runner-up in DPOY voting..." April 18

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    San Antonio Spurs @spurs

    Kawhi Leonard (right quad contusion) is out for tonight's Spurs-Grizzlies game. Duncan (rest), Ginobili (rest) and Parker (rest) remain out.

  • Gregg Popovich says Kawhi Leonard quad bruise not serious

    ESPN "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard is "getting a little bit better every day" but didn't disclose a timetable for when the forward might return to the lineup. Leonard suffered a bruised right quadriceps in the third quarter of Wednesday's 112-88 win over the Miami Heat and was held..." March 26

  • Durant stands by 2014 remark about Leonard being product of Spurs' system

    ESPN "It was right after the 2014 NBA Finals -- featuring the San Antonio Spurs taking down the Miami Heat in five dominant games -- and Kevin Durant was debating with someone on Twitter about Paul George and Kawhi Leonard. At the time, Durant's position was that George, a good friend, was better. No..." March 26

  • Cavaliers’ LeBron James, Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard named NBA Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and the San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Feb. 29 through Sunday, March 6. James led the Cavaliers to a 3-0 week behind averages of 26.7 points..." March 07

  • Spurs' Leonard fueled by data obsession: 'Kawhi loves the analytics'

    The Score "Kawhi Leonard is a San Antonio Spur through and through. The soft-spoken All-Star starter, 2014 Finals MVP, reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and non-Steph Curry division MVP front-runner has obliterated every reasonable projection for him since he was taken 15th overall (and traded..." February 28

  • Spurs’ Leonard still questionable, but nearing return

    San Antonio Express-News "Spurs All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard, who has not played in a game that counts since before the All-Star break, tested his sore left calf again Tuesday in a practice in Sacramento. His availability for Wednesday’s game against the Kings at Sleep Train Arena remains in limbo, with the team..." February 24

  • Spurs' Leonard to miss 3rd straight game with calf tightness

    The Score "Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs will miss his third consecutive game Sunday due to left calf tightness. San Antonio is visiting the Phoenix Suns. The issue may be reaching a concerning stage for the Spurs, with the team wrapping up a three-game in four-night stretch. Leonard started last..." February 21

  • Kawhi Leonard out again vs. Lakers

    The Score "San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard will miss his second straight game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Leonard is currently dealing with a tightness in his left calf, an injury that forced him to miss Thursday evening's blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. " February 19

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    San Antonio Spurs @spurs

    INJURY UPDATE: Kawhi (tightness, left calf) will not play tonight.

  • Gregg Popovich asks Kobe to 'stay in Kawhi's ear'

    The Score "After bidding him adieu after 20 legendary seasons, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich had one favor to ask of Kobe Bryant. Popovich met with Bryant following the Spurs' 106-102 victory on Saturday, and asked the future Hall of Famer to share some of his wisdom with the next great Spur..." February 08

  • LaMarcus Aldridge: Spurs are Kawhi Leonard’s team

    Pro Basketball Talk "When the Spurs signed LaMarcus Aldridge, many questioned whether Aldridge – a high-volume scorer with the Trail Blazers – would fit in San Antonio. He was compared frequently to Tim Duncan, who – as great as he was with the ball in at his peak – willingly deferred to his teammates at times so he..." January 29

  • Kerr: Kawhi Leonard is 'probably the best 2-way player in the league'

    The Score "Steve Kerr's Golden State Warriors have a roster littered with excellent two-way players. That's why they rank first in offense and third in defense. No player on Kerr's roster exemplifies that more than breakout star Draymond Green, who's become a walking triple-double to this season to pair..." January 25

  • George blames sickness, not Leonard, for rough shooting night

    Indianapolis Star "Paul George said he felt within the flow of the game, thought his shots looked on line, even believed his looks were clear. "Just wasn't my night," George said. "I couldn't get them to fall." Then again, George also said he felt ill. Nauseous even. He's been dealing with an upper respiratory..." December 23

  • For Kawhi Leonard, the goal is more championships nothing more

    My San Antonio "It seems like yesterday when Kawhi Leonard hoisted the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award after helping the Spurs win their fifth championship. Almost a year later, Leonard was in the spotlight again, being named the 2014-15 NBA Defensive Player of the Year. One would think Leonard, like other NBA stars..." October 13

  • Spurs' Kawhi Leonard: 'I want to be an (NBA) all-star and MVP'

    CBS Sports "Kawhi Leonard has already accomplished a lot in his first four seasons in the NBA. He's been to two NBA Finals, won a championship, won the Finals MVP award, and he recently was voted the Defensive Player of the Year. He's made two All-Defensive Teams (first and second) in his career as well...." August 22

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    Mike Monroe @Monroe_SA

    Per source, #Spurs Kawhi Leonard will participate in USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas in Aug.; skipped last 2 yrs. (injury, rest)

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    Eric Pincus @EricPincus

    The San Antonio Spurs extended qualifying offers to make Kawhie Leonard and Cory Joseph restricted free agents @BBallInsiders

  • Leonard, Spurs reach agreement on max extension

    San Antonio Express-News "As expected, Kawhi Leonard and the Spurs have agreed to the general framework on a maximum contract extension that could pay him more than $90 million over five years, a league source told the Express-News on Tuesday. A source close to Leonard has said for several months that the discussion on..." July 01

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    Eric Pincus @EricPincus

    The San Antonio Spurs extended qualifying offers to make Kawhie Leonard and Cory Joseph restricted free agents @BBallInsiders

  • Report: Spurs expect to lock Kawhi Leonard up quickly and quietly with 5-year deal

    The Score "The apotheosis of the San Antonio Spurs is set to have the most archetypal Spurs free-agent experience imaginable. The steady development curve of Kawhi Leonard - one that's earned him a championship, an NBA Finals MVP, and Defensive Player of the Year - will culminate with him landing a..." June 29

  • NBA All-Defensive teams named

    NBA.com "The NBA announced today that Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. The distinction is the first in Davis’ three years in the NBA. Davis, 6-10, 220, led the league in both blocks per game (2.9) and total blocked shots (200). Additionally, Davis..." May 20

  • Spurs' Leonard named NBA Defensive Player of Year

    Fox Sports "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard named was NBA Defensive Player of Year on Thursday. Leonard, who led the league in steals at 2.31 per game, edged Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the voting. Leonard finished with 333 points and Green had 317." April 24

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    Howard Beck @HowardBeck

    Spurs' Kawhi Leonard wins 2015 Defensive Player of the Year, beating Draymond Green (2nd), DeAndre Jordan (3rd), Anthony Davis (4th).

  • Spurs Unworried About Cap Ramifications To Re-Sign Kawhi Leonard

    Real GM Basketball "Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent in July, but both he and the San Antonio Spurs have a mutual interest to sign a new contract. The Spurs are unworried about ramifications with the salary cap in order to keep Leonard." April 22

  • Tony Parker says the Spurs are Kawhi Leonard's team

    SB Nation "For some teams, the transition from an older star to a younger one can be problematic. We all know about the issues Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant had in the early-aught Lakers, but there are other low-profile cases like Ray Allen having trouble with Rajon Rondo taking on a bigger role on the..." April 09

  • Kawhi Leonard ruins everything

    SB Nation "Stephen Curry is an angel. We all know this. He doesn't play basketball as much as he descends from the heavens every other night to remind us how beautiful dribbling and shooting can be. He's as child-like as any athlete could be. So, of course, Kawhi Leonard put him in a torture rack as the..." April 07

  • Leonard a game-time decision, says he’s ‘ready to go’

    San Antonio Express-News "Officially listed as probable, starting small forward Kawhi Leonard said at shootaround Friday morning that he’s a game-time decision to return tonight against Portland after missing the past 15 games, and 17 of 19, with a torn ligament in his right (shooting) hand. Leonard said he’ll warm up..." January 16

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    San Antonio Spurs @spurs

    INJURY REPORT: Leonard is probable for tomorrow's game against Portland. Belinelli remains out. DETAILS: http://t.co/ZTM2neCK3f

  • Kawhi Leonard expected to return in two weeks for Spurs

    Yahoo! Sports "San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard will likely return within two weeks from a hand injury, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Leonard has been recovering from a torn ligament in his shooting hand and is expected to resume light basketball activities this week, sources said. Doctors have..." January 06

  • What the Spurs miss without the defensive dominance of Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "New Orleans coach Monty Williams recently pondered Kawhi Leonard’s place among NBA small forwards. “If he’s not the best,” he said, “I don’t know who’s better.” LeBron James and Kevin Durant, for starters. Even if the former isn’t quite at his usual level of dominance, and the latter has..." January 02

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    Paul Garcia PS @PaulGarciaPS

    The Spurs announced Tony Parker (hamstring), Kawhi Leonard (hand) & Patty Mills (shoulder) will all be out Sunday vs the Rockets.

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    Dan McCarney @danmccarneySAEN

    So, Popovich pumps the brakes pretty hard on Kawhi Leonard's notion that he'll be back "soon" from torn ligament in right hand.

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    Mike Monroe @Monroe_SA

    Per Kawhi Leonard, he has torn ligament in right hand; must wait for swelling to reside before considering returning

  • Leonard set for MRI on hand

    San Antonio Express-News "Kawhi Leonard will have his bruised right hand examined via MRI on Thursday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said before Wednesday’s home game against New York. Popovich was tight-lipped on details, but said Leonard was injured during Tuesday’s 100-96 loss at Utah. X-rays taken on Wednesday were..." December 11

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    ESPN SA @ESPN_SA

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, Kawhi Leonard and Patty Mills are all OUT for tonight's game. #Spurs

  • Report: Struggling Finals MVP worried eye condition could last months

    Fox Sports "It's one of those old sports adages that seem to be uttered more often because they exist than because they are true: The only ones who can beat us are ourselves. Only for the reigning NBA Finals MVP, when it comes to his bothersome fight eye, those words couldn't be truer. Kawhi Leonard..." November 11

  • The Spurs’ calculated risk with Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "Given all they’ve seen so far from Kawhi Leonard, and how highly they think of their 23-year-old starting small forward, AKA The Future Face of the Franchise, it only made sense that the Spurs would seek to lock him up long-term as soon as they possibly could. Yet Friday’s deadline to give..." November 03

  • Spurs star Kawhi Leonard plans to explore restricted free agency in 2015

    Yahoo! Sports "San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard plans to explore restricted free agency next summer after contract extension discussions ended, his agent Brian Elfus told Yahoo Sports on Friday afternoon. Elfus and Leonard have held firm on their desire for a maximum contract extension, something Spurs..." November 01

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Spurs just announced Kawhi Leonard is cleared to play Friday against Phoenix

  • Why the Spurs can wait on giving Kawhi Leonard a contract extension

    SB Nation "Kawhi Leonard wants a max contract, but the San Antonio Spurs are "unlikely" to hand him one via extension before the Friday deadline hits, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard. Days after Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Leonard and the Spurs weren't gaining traction in talks, the latest..." October 30

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    Dan McCarney @danmccarneysaen

    Popovich said Leonard will travel, is expected to play Friday against Phoenix. "He's in for Friday."

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    San Antonio just announced that Kawhi Leonard is officially OUT of Tuesday night's opener against Dallas

  • Kawhi Leonard holding out for max, extension talks with Spurs stalled

    Yahoo! Sports "As Kawhi Leonard holds firm on his desire for a maximum contract, extension talks with the San Antonio Spurs have failed to gather traction despite a looming Friday deadline, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Leonard, the 2014 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, would become a restricted free..." October 27

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