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Danny Green: Kawhi Leonard said he’ll return to play for Spurs

Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Rudy Gay

San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green, center, stands at the bench with injured teammates Kawhi Leonard, left, and Rudy Gay, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. Indiana won 94-86. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Some of the Kawhi Leonard-Spurs standoff has played out through anonymous sources, seemingly on both sides.

Other elements have come directly from people involved. Most notably, San Antonio president-coach Gregg Popovich said last week he expected Leonard to miss the rest of the season.

The latest anonymously sourced report has Leonard targeting a return next month. That’s now corroborated by a named, though secondary, source.

Spurs guard Danny Green, via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News:

“He said he’ll be back, so we knew he was going to be back eventually at some point -- playing-wise, not just being around. If he’s that confident mentally, I know he’s going to get the work done to get it done physically.”

This ought to nip in the bud the idea Leonard – who has reportedly been medically cleared – will malinger through the rest of the season to set up a designated-veteran-player contract extension this season or for any other reason. I doubt Leonard would tell teammates he’ll return if he doesn’t truly plan to. That’d just create needless animosity.