"He's trying to get well", Popovich said.
Leonard spent three weeks in NY in February consulting with doctors and working out at the players union's facilities.
Spurs staff has traveled to NY to meet with Leonard and stay abreast of his treatment and activity, sources said.
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Before taking down the Houston Rockets without Leonard on Sunday, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich addressed the topic in front of reporters yet again.
"I don't know when he's going to feel, he and his group, going to feel like they're ready to go", Popovich said. It was the 26-year-old's second trip to the third-party medical facility, and the timetable for his potential return to the basketball court is still unknown. "If I knew, he'd be here". Kawhi Leonard returning this season seems like a pipe dream at this point - and it's pretty safe to assume that the Spurs will be without their best player for the postseason.
The big question for the Spurs - and their fans - isn't whether Kawhi Leonard is going to return this season. "Of course that's the objective (of his stay in New York), to get well, that's what he's doing". He returned to the team's lineup briefly but has not played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh following the Spurs' home win over Denver on January 13. "When he and his group feel he's ready, he'll be ready", Pop said, via the Associated Press. He averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks this season. Wojnarowski reported that Leonard planned to play in San Antonio's game on March 15, but that plan was aborted. Dealing him to the Lakers would also be "doing right" by the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year as San Antonio grants him his wish of playing for his hometown club, Early said.