Kawhi Leonard may miss the remainder of the season with his ongoing quadriceps tendinopathy.
After the Spurs' first practice back after the All-Star break, Gregg Popovich told reporters he would be surprised if Leonard returns this season.
"I'll be surprised if he returns this season," said Popovich. "We only have X number of games left in the season and he's still not ready to go, and if by some chance he is, it will be pretty late in the season and it will be a tough decision. I'll be surprised if he gets back this year."
The Spurs are not yet prepared to officially rule him out for the season.
"We have to move on and the team has to realize this is who we are, this is who we have and this is who is going to play," said Popovich.
Leonard has played in only 9 games this season, averaging 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.
Leonard was ruled out indefinitely on January 17th.
On January 22nd, ESPN reported Leonard and the Spurs have had friction over how his injury has been handled.
Leonard will be eligible to sign a designated veteran player extension this offseason as he was an All-NBA player in two of the past three seasons.