Last we heard, Kawhi Leonard coming back at any point this season would have been a shock for the Spurs and their head coach, Gregg Popovich. Despite the stability the organization maintains, rumor was suggesting that Leonard was having issues with the team and that it was supposedly part of the cause for his inactivity.
Now, things appear to be playing out a little bit differently.
According Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Kawhi has returned to the Spurs, with hopes of returning sometime in March.
Leonard has returned to San Antonio from New York, where he spent three weeks seeking further consultation on a right quad injury that has sidelined him for most of the season, league sources said.
Leonard isn’t expected to immediately start engaging in full 5-on-5 practices with his teammates, but the goal is to advance toward that level of engagement in the near future, league sources said.
All signs are starting to point toward a Kawhi comeback. If he gets right and solves whatever issues he’s having with the front-office, we could see him on the court before playoff time.
We’re still a long ways off, of course, and there’s still way too many unpredictable factors, but if things keep going in this trend, San Antonio could be primed to shock the world come April.