Before the Toronto deal, sources had said that Leonard was seriously considering participating as a means to showcase the status of his recovery to prospective trade partners. But Leonard never returned, electing to stay in NY to rehab his mysterious quadriceps injury instead of helping his team on the court or supporting them on the bench.
Green, meanwhile, played 70 games for the Spurs in 2017-18 after missing five games in December due to the groin injury.
That never happened, with Leonard declining to even show up for the Spurs' playoff games while using NY as a base for his medical treatments and recovery efforts. "(It says) slight strain, take a couple weeks off.
Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green empathized with Kawhi Leonard's desire for a second opinion on his injured quadriceps, after learning recently during an exit physical in San Antonio that he had been playing with a torn groin that went undetected by the Spurs.
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"When I hear him talk about the bitterness and the disrespect and all that type of stuff, it's like, you didn't get traded to frickin' Cleveland", Lucic added. "They've always been great to me, they've always done right by me, they've always done a hell of a job". Leonard, who missed nearly all of last season with a quad injury, reportedly passed his physical, and is Toronto-bound.
As recalled by the San Antonio Express-News on Sunday, Leonard originally seemed like the ideal player for a smaller-market team like the Spurs.
This summer had been dominated by Leonard's revelation that he wanted to leave the San Antonio Spurs after a breakdown in relationship with the franchise.
Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade.
Either Leonard, who normally is reserved and soft-spoken, didn't want to tell his teammates that he didn't want to go to war with them, or the rift between the star and the Spurs' brass was much worse than anyone initially knew.
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