Kawhi Leonard RUMORS & NEWS

  • 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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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Kawhi Leonard has been working out some, but Spurs still trying to keep him isolated from rest of team. Won't be at ATT Center tonight.

  • Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge withdraw from USA Basketball consideration

    Pro Basketball Talk "When USA Basketball released its 19-man pool of players that would be contending for a spot to play in the World Championships this summer, a couple of names that were left off the list weren’t done so as a result of a decision made by Jerry Colangelo and Mike Krzyzewski. Instead, two All-Star..." July 18

  • Leonard set for hefty pay raise

    San Antonio Express-News "The Summer of Kawhi began with a round of golf. The Finals MVP was up and at 'em Wednesday morning, hitting the links with his agent. By afternoon, Kawhi Leonard was aboard Barge No. 16 in the middle of the San Antonio River, the centerpiece of a Spurs championship parade that felt a bit like..." June 20

  • Leonard expects to reach extension with Spurs

    San Antonio Express-News "The Spurs’ immediate offseason attention will center on the plans of franchise cornerstone Tim Duncan, who has a player option to return for an 18th NBA season and defend his fifth championship. Not far behind will be the long-term future of budding young star Kawhi Leonard. The..." June 18

  • Durant credits Spurs 'system' for Kawhi Leonard's success

    Sporting News "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, the newly minted NBA Finals MVP, faced criticism from the regular season MVP before he could even finish his championship cigar. Leonard has been touted because of his NBA Finals performance, which featured one of the all-time turnaround. Leonard scored..." June 16

  • Popovich wants increased playoff role for Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "It was a comment Spurs fans have been clamoring to hear since, oh, about five games into Kawhi Leonard’s rookie season. Gregg Popovich, speaking last Sunday before Leonard would enjoy perhaps the best game of his young career, is finally ready to unleash his third-year small forward. “We want..." April 09

  • Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard to return from injury Wednesday

    CBSSports.com "The Spurs announced Wednesday that forward Kawhi Leonard, who has missed the past 14 games after suffering a fracture of his fourth metacarpal (broken finger/hand bone), will make his return Wednesday night vs. Detroit. Leonard sustained the injury on January 22nd, and the Spurs have only gone..." February 26

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    Mike Monroe @Monroe_SA

    Per Popovich, Kawhi Leonard to play vs. Pistons

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    Dan McCarney @danmccarneysaen

    Leonard participated in full practice today, still has periodic pain in hand, remains game-time decision for Wed. Parker still out indef.

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    David Aldridge @daldridgetnt

    Non-trade news: Kawhi Leonard, out since Jan. 22 after breaking his right hand, likely returning to the Spurs' lineup Friday vs. Phoenix.

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    San Antonio Spurs @spurs

    Injury report: Ginobili will play limited minutes, Leonard game time decision, Splitter questionable and Parker out.

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    Jabari Young @jabari_young

    Told any Kawhi Leonard trade rumors, all bogus. BTW, don't be surprised to see him back next week vs #Clippers or #Blazers ... #Spurs #NBA

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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Sounds like Manu will almost certainly return first game after break. Leonard, from the sound of things, could take longer.

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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Kawhi Leonard still a couple weeks away from contemplating a return, Pop says. Sounds like after A-S break for sure.

  • Will Kawhi Leonard's Injury Force San Antonio Spurs to Make a Trade?

    Bleacher Report "The San Antonio Spurs lost yet another key member from their already thinned ranks. Third-year swingman Kawhi Leonard, whose versatility shines at both ends of the floor, exited Wednesday's 111-105 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder with a fractured finger on his right hand: Incredibly,..." January 23

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    San Antonio Spurs @spurs

    Injury report: Kawhi Leonard suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right fourth metacarpal. Timeline for his return hasnt been determined

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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Tony Parker (shin) back tonight vs OKC but Spurs will be w/o Kawhi Leonard, who had a dental procedure.

  • Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and the ecosystem of shots

    San Antonio Express-News "If we’ve learned anything about Kawhi Leonard so far, and we’ve learned a lot, it’s that the young small forward with king crabs for hands and a personality that makes Tim Duncan look like Magic Johnson does not lack for confidence. Leonard responded “oh, yeah” when asked earlier this season if..." December 06

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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Pop's reason for lineup switch: Wanted to use Diaw and Kawhi on Melo throughout game & starting them at same time "screws up the minutes."

  • The Leonard effect

    San Antonio Express-News "The NBA regular season is a necessary evil, where the emphasis is as much on survival as it is winning games. It isn’t until the playoffs, when teams finally have the time and need to game plan in earnest, that true colors are revealed. Early success is one thing. But can you exert your will..." November 08

  • Kawhi Leonard has deal in works that will make him part of Nike’s Jordan brand family

    San Antonio Express-News "Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has been wearing Nike Air Jordan shoes through most of his two-plus seasons with the Spurs. Soon he is expected to become an official member of the Brand Jordan family. A deal between Leonard and Nike is in the works to add the player Spurs coach Gregg Popovich..." November 02

  • Spurs Exercise Options on Cory Joseph and Kawhi Leonard

    NBA.com "The San Antonio Spurs today announced that they have exercised their fourth-year options on forward Kawhi Leonard and guard Cory Joseph. Both players are now signed through the 2014-15 season. In two seasons with the Spurs, Leonard has appeared in 122 games, averaging 9.8 points, 5.5 rebounds..." October 29

  • Leonard chip on the low block

    San Antonio Express-News "It was the final moments of a recent morning shootaround in Atlanta. Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard was alone at one basket putting in work on a jump hook shot still under construction. Sensing something not quite right coach Gregg Popovich strode over took the ball himself and easing his..." October 21

  • Can Kawhi Leonard just play 48 minutes a night?

    San Antonio Express-News "The release of small forward Corey Maggette earlier in the Spurs’ three-game preseason road trip all but guarantees the team will open the regular season without a veteran backup for Kawhi Leonard. How pressing an issue this is depends on who you ask. The Spurs played most of last season’s..." October 16

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    Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN

    Kawhi Leonard says the knee tendinitis that bothered him off and on last season is no more. Declares himself 100 percent.

  • No Team USA training camp for rehabbing Kawhi Leonard

    San Antonio Express-News "After consulting with the team’s medical staff Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has opted to pass on an invitation to participate in a Team USA training camp in Las Vegas scheduled to begin on July 21. Leonard was one of 27 players named to take part in the camp, under the direction of Duke Coach..." July 17

  • No Team USA training camp for Kawhi Leonard; rehabbing left knee takes priority

    San Antonio Express-News "After consulting with the team’s medical staff Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has opted to pass on an invitation to participate in a Team USA training camp in Las Vegas scheduled to begin on July 21. Leonard was one of 27 players named to take part in the camp, under the direction of Duke Coach..." July 16

  • Spurs' Leonard does best to limit James in Game 1

    CSN New England "Much like the heavy rainfall that pounded the American Airlines Arena prior to San Antonio's 92-88 win over Miami on Thursday, Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was drowned with praise for the job he did defensively on LeBron James. That is, by everyone except Leonard. James didn't score a lot,..." June 07