Published: Sat, July 28, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Kawhi Leonard To Skip Team USA Minicamp

Kawhi Leonard To Skip Team USA Minicamp

"I get an MRI the next day", Green said of the injury suffered December 8 against Boston.

The report also says that two other players in the trade, Danny Green (also going to Toronto) and San Antonio-bound DeMar DeRozan, also passed their physicals.

Leonard last played on January 13. Leonard was traveling to NY to see an orthopedic surgeon.

Reacting to a report from the "San Antonio Express-News, ' 'ESPN's" Michael C. Wright said Leonard could have avoided his rift with the Spurs had he spoken up about his issues during the 2016 All-Star Weekend. I tried to play again. "They've always been great to me, they've always done right by me, they've always done a hell of a job". I'd feel it. My agent [Joe Branch said], "Maybe we should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs" staff.

"I don't think it was due to ill relationships or bad terms with people - regardless of the situation, it happened..." he said on his "Inside The Green Room" podcast.

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According to ESPN's Chris Haynes, Kawhi Leonard will not attend USA Basketball mini-camp in Las Vegas next week so he can focus on his transition to his new team, the Toronto Raptors. Coach Gregg Popovich then offered vague descriptions of his star player's condition as Leonard missed the season opener and many more games after that, not returning to the court until December 12, 28 games into the season. With Leonard playing this season with Toronto, the Raptors would have the advantage of being able to pay $49 million more in a max deal than other suitors, such as the Los Angeles Lakers.

In some cases, the player involved is coming off of a significant injury or they are with a new team and want to prove their worth - sometimes both.

Leonard played a major role in helping the franchise secure its fifth championship in 2014 and was named as the Finals MVP.

"Nobody ever talks to Kawhi to know exactly what he's thinking or what's on his mind so the best way to monitor that or gauge it is by having him in your programme".

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