The San Antonio Spurs held a players-only meeting attempting to convince Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup.
Tony Parker led the meeting after Saturday's win over the Wolves.
The conversation was described as tense and emotional at times, league sources said.
Several teammates spoke up to express frustration and confusion over Leonard's status.
Leonard was resolute in response, insisting that he had good reason for sitting out all but nine games with a right quad injury this season.
Leonard will become eligible for a $200 million contract extension this offseason.