Once its season is over, San Antonio likely will have to make a decision about what to do with Leonard.
Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich hasn't just taken on the Warriors in the first round of the National Basketball Association playoffs. "So far, they say that he's not ready to go".
The NBA world immediately seized on the idea that Popovich's comments on Aldridge seemed to echo the Leonard situation.
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There's a lot of debate about whether Popovich's open disgust of things, like the media, is exhausted, but I'm still squarely on the side that it's highly entertaining. So we can't do anything until that happens. "But that's the first thing that has to happen".
Leonard's future in San Antonio is in further doubt with the player now rehabbing in NY as opposed to appearing ringside to support his team-mates.
The Athletic's Anthony Slater posted video of Popovich's response on Twitter.
Kawhi Leonard's extended absence has been a cloud hovering over the Spurs for nearly the entire second half of the National Basketball Association season. "Look people are paying attention to free agency, but there's more ways to get players than just free agency, you can trade for them". While he'll qualify for a $219 million "super-max" extension this offseason, there's reason to believe that both he and the Spurs would be wary of such an investment in each other. It's under the bright lights of the postseason, which means more viewers see this and wonder why Leonard will not sit with his teammates, injury or not, while Stephen Curry supported the Golden State Warriors; Curry is out of Round 1 with a knee injury.