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Kawhi Leonard Out Indefinitely Continuing Quad Rehab

Jan 17, 2018 4:44 PM

Kawhi Leonard is out indefinitely as he continues his rehabilitation from right quadriceps tendinopathy.

Leonard suffered the injury during training camp and didn't make his season debut until December 12th.

Leonard is averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 23.3 minutes over just nine games this season.

"Kawhi has made significant progress and continues to move forward in his rehabilitation," RC Buford said. "This is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

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Gregg Popovich Reveals LaMarcus Aldridge Requested Trade In Offseason

Jan 12, 2018 9:05 AM

Gregg Popovich confirmed LaMarcus Aldridge asked to be traded by the San Antonio Spurs last offseason.

While the Spurs shopped Aldridge, he ultimately signed an extension worth $72 million over three years.

Popovich and Aldridge had a candid conversation that led to Aldridge's request and a better understanding of the situation.

"When he said, 'I want to be traded,'" said Popovich when asked what helped bring about Aldridge's resurgent season.

"It's as simple as that," Popovich said. "I said, 'Whoa, nobody's ever said that to me before.' It's my 20-whatever year, and nobody's ever said that like, 'I'm not enjoying this. I'm not confident. I'm not sure you want me here. I want to be traded.'"

During training camp, Aldridge told ESPN that in a meeting over the summer with Popovich he "just spilled my heart about how I felt about how things were, and how things had been going."

Popovich tried find some levity during the meeting.

"So, we had some dinners and meetings and laughed," Popovich said. "I was very candid with him. I told him, 'I'd be happy to trade you. You get me a talent like Kevin Durant, and I'll drive you to the airport. I'll pack your bags. And I will drive you there, get you on the plane, and get you seated.' He laughed you know, that kind of thing. I said, 'But short of that, I'm your best buddy because you're here for another year, and you ain't going nowhere. Because we're not gonna get for you talentwise what we would want. So, let's figure this thing out.' And we did. That's what we came to."

Popovich realized he also played a role some of Aldridge's struggles.

"As discussions went on, it became apparent to me that it really was me," Popovich said. "He'd been playing in the league for nine years. I'm not going to turn him into some other player. I could do some things defensively or reboundingwise. But on offense, I was going to move him everywhere. That was just silly on my part -- total overcoaching. So, we took care of it, and he's been fantastic."

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Kawhi Leonard Diagnosed With Partial Tear In Shoulder

Jan 8, 2018 9:16 AM

Kawhi Leonard has been diagnosed with a "partial tear" in his left shoulder.

Leonard was ruled out of Sunday night's game at Portland, and the Spurs plan to evaluate Leonard over the next couple of days of its current road trip.

"I don't think it will be a while," Gregg Popovich said.

The latest setback represents yet another roadblock for Leonard in his return, as he missed the first 27 games of the season rehabilitating from quadriceps tendinopathy. 

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Spurs Tried Really Hard To Trade For Kyrie Irving

Jan 4, 2018 9:15 AM

When Kyrie Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers, he mentioned the Knicks, Wolves and Spurs as teams he would like to be moved to.

Irving was ultimately traded to the Celtics, but the Spurs were one of the teams active in trying to acquire him.

"San Antonio tried really really hard to get him," said Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Spurs' main trade chips in the offseason were LaMarcus Aldridge and Danny Green.

San Antonio already had re-signed Patty Mills by that point in the offseason while Tony Parker was rehabbing his injury from the playoffs.

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Rudy Gay Out At Least Two Weeks With Heel Injury

Dec 30, 2017 11:08 AM

Rudy Gay will miss at least two weeks after an MRI revealed retrocalcaneal bursitis in his right heel.

Gay exited with the injury on Thursday.

An MRI Friday morning showed the inflammation of the bursa sac that lies over the heel.

Gay missed the previous two games with a sore right heel.

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Kawhi Leonard To Make Season Debut

Dec 12, 2017 1:30 PM

Kawhi Leonard will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Dallas Mavericks.

Leonard will be on a minutes restriction.

Leonard has been out since the start of camp with a right quadriceps tendinopathy.

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Kawhi Leonard Probable For Tuesday's Game

Dec 11, 2017 7:13 PM

Kawhi Leonard has been ruled as probable for Tuesday's game against the Mavericks, which would mark his first appearance of the 17-18 season.

Leonard has been out since the start of training camp with a right quadriceps tendinopathy.

The Spurs are 19-8 despite missing Leonard for the entire season.

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Kawhi Leonard Targeting Tuesday For Season Debut

Dec 8, 2017 3:17 PM

Kawhi Leonard is targeting Tuesday's game against the Mavericks as his return date.

There was previously optimism that Leonard would make his season debut on Saturday at Phoenix.

Leonard has yet to play this season due to a quad injury.

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Kawhi Leonard Expected To Make Season Debut On Saturday

Dec 7, 2017 7:08 PM

Kawhi Leonard is expected to return to the San Antonio Spurs' lineup for Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns.

Leonard participated in a final workout session on Thursday. The Spurs will re-evaluate Leonard on Friday.

Leonard is recovering from a right quadriceps tendinopathy.

Over the last few weeks, Leonard has participated on five-on-five drills, some of which included Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Matt Bonner. 

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Spurs Wish They Could Have Kept Udonis Haslem In 2003

Dec 7, 2017 11:09 AM

Before beginning his long career with the Miami Heat in which he's won three titles, Udonis Haslem was a member of the San Antonio Spurs’ summer league team in 2003 after spending a season in France.

“He was here, we had him, we loved him,” Gregg Popovich said. “There was just no room. He left and found a great home, obviously, but those stories are all over the league.”

Haslem is in his 15th NBA season.

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Kawhi Leonard Could Return This Week
Kawhi Leonard has returned to five-on-five action and is "feeling pretty healthy."

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Kyle Anderson Out 2-3 Weeks With Sprained MCL
The Spurs have been starting Kyle Anderson in place of Kawhi Leonard.

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Kyle Anderson Likely Suffers Strained MCL
Kyle Anderson will undergo an MRI on Monday for further clarity on the injury and a timetable for return.

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Kawhi Leonard Returns To Practice For First Time Since Quad Injury
Kawhi Leonard practiced with the Spurs for the first time on Friday.

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Tony Parker Returning From Quad Injury On Monday
Tony Parker was initially expected to return in January from his surgically repaired quad.

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Damian Lillard Wishes He Received More Mentorship From LaMarcus Aldridge
Damian Lillard said his working relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge informed how he treats Jusuf Nurkic.

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David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA
David Lee spent last season with the Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.

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Kawhi Leonard's Rehab Moving Slower Than Expected
Kawhi Leonard is having difficult getting through his rehab routine.

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Tony Parker Assigned To Austin For Rehab
Tony Parker began full contact games of 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 last week.

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Kyle Lowry Had Interest In Signing With Spurs
San Antonio re-signed Patty Mills in free agency and also added Rudy Gay.

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Kawhi Leonard Spotted Walking Gingerly Up Stairs To Airplane
Kawhi Leonard underwent a rehab session just before the scheduled flight time.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Was Open To Trade From Spurs
One scenario the Spurs discussed was trying to acquire Kyrie Irving in a deal for LaMarcus Aldridge.

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Gregg Popovich Takes Blame For Trying To Change LaMarcus Aldridge
Gregg Popovich believes he made a mistake in trying to change LaMarcus Aldridge as a player when he first signed with the Spurs.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Agrees Upon Three-Year, $72.3M Extension With Spurs
LaMarcus Aldridge could have become a free agent in 2018.

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LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs In Serious Talks On Extension
LaMarcus Aldridge can sign an extension with three additional seasons.

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Spurs Exercise 18-19 Option On Dejounte Murray
DeJounte Murray averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 15.3 minutes during the playoffs.

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Kawhi Leonard To Miss Spurs' Season Opener
Kawhi Leonard missed the entire preseason schedule while rehabilitating tendinopathy in his left quadriceps.

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LaMarcus Aldridge Cleared Air With Gregg Popovich Before Camp
The Spurs attempted to trade LaMarcus Aldridge in the offseason.

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Kawhi Leonard Out For Preseason With Quad Tendinopathy
Kawhi Leonard is continuing a rehabilitation program for right quadriceps tendinopathy.

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RealGM Radio: West Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Western Conference.

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