Spurs' Kawhi Leonard eyeing return from quad injury Thursday vs. Pelicans

Kawhi Leonard injury update Spurs star to meet with Gregg Popovich

Kawhi Leonard injury update Spurs star to meet with Gregg Popovich

Leonard, 26, missed the team's first 27 games of the season due to right quadriceps tendinopathy before playing December 13.

Kawhi Leonard could be available for the San Antonio Spurs as early as Thursday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, sources tell ESPN's Lisa Salters.

The 26-year-old missed the first 27 games of the season due to his ailing quad, and after returning to the lineup for nine contests, he landed back on the shelf, having last played on January 13. Considering how well the Jazz have played against San Antonio this season, with Leonard believed to be unavailable for that contest, many were feeling good about Utah's chances.

After a poor start to the second half, and for most of 2018, the Spurs put themselves in playoff jeopardy.


Leonard said during the week that he would return to action soon, but he did not give a date.

Leonard, 26, also played down reports that his camp had requested a trade out of the Spurs.

Leonard's return would bring an end to a seemingly endless saga, and one highly unusual for the usually drama-free Spurs. Nevertheless, if he's anywhere near the player we saw past year, Kawhi is going to make his team instantly better and a force to be reckoned with in the West.

The Thunder (39-29) jumped to fifth place in the Western Conference while Spurs slipped to seventh, but the home team suffered a blow after Steven Adams sprained his ankle in the third quarter. Although San Antonio has been pretty bad of late, they'll certainly be a team to keep a close eye on now with Kawhi Leonard likely set to return on Thursday.

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