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Kawhi Leonard | Guard/Forward

Team: San Antonio Spurs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 6/29/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 230
College: San Diego State
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Kawhi Leonard (hand) will not suit up for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.
Danny Green, Manu Ginobili, Marco Belinelli, and Kyle Anderson will all see extended minutes with Leonard sidelined, with Green offering the most upside out of the group. Coach Gregg Popovich said that Leonard's return will be based on his ability to tolerate the pain, and he remains without an official return date. Dec 26 - 1:28 PM

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Head coach Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard's (hand) return will be dependent upon pain tolerance.

"It’s a pain thing," Popovich said. "He can’t move his hand. He can’t catch and dribble and that kind of stuff. Medically, they don’t think he can hurt it any more, so that’s good. So it’s just a matter of can he get used to the hand." Leonard remains without an official return date, and while he's sidelined Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belineli will all see extended minutes for San Antonio.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard (hand) remains out indefinitely.

Popovich played coy by saying that Leonard could come back tomorrow, two weeks from now, or even beyond that. Besides the vague statement, Pop did add that Leonard can't injure himself any further, so there is a good chance we see him back on the court sooner rather than later. In the meantime, Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson, and Marco Belinelli will continue to see a boost in their fantasy value.

Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder.

There was some optimism that he would play on Christmas, but it doesn't look like it. Leonard's damage to his hand doesn't sound too serious and hopefully he can make it back on the court at some point in 2014. Kyle Anderson will start, but Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw and Marco Belinelli are benefiting the most.
Source: NBA.com
Dec 24 - 5:30 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) has reportedly told some of his closest associates that he thinks he will be able to play on Christmas vs. the Thunder.

Coach Gregg Popovich recently said that he doesn't expect to have him in the lineup anytime soon, so this report should be taken with a grain of salt. The Spurs have always been cautious with their players, so it is still unlikely that we will see him take the floor. Owners will want to check back before tip-off just in case, but if Leonard sits out for the fifth game in a row then it will be up to Kyle Anderson and Danny Green to fill the void.
Dec 24 - 10:08 AM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) is not expected to return to the lineup anytime soon, according to coach Gregg Popovich.

He had another injection on his hand, may need offseason surgery, and his doctor said he hasn't seen an injury like this before. The Spurs do not play their guys at less than 100 percent and they're going to allow Leonard to heal. His fantasy owners have no choice but to bench him and hope he'll make it back in early 2015. While he's out Kyle Anderson will likely get more starts, but he's not a great fantasy option. Marco Belinelli will also play more.
Dec 22 - 7:09 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) have both been ruled out for Monday's game vs. the Clippers.

Leonard was reportedly targeting Monday for his return, so the early cancellation of the plan isn't a great sign for his fantasy owners. The silver lining is that San Antonio also plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday, so both Leonard and Parker could potentially have three-game weeks despite Monday's DNP. Until those two get back on the court, Kyle Anderson and Cory Joseph are the biggest fantasy winners.
Dec 21 - 5:51 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.

Leonard is said to be targeting a return on Monday, while Parker is still without a timetable. Kyle Anderson will likely continue to play big minutes in place of Leonard, while Cory Joseph will continue to run the point in Parker's absence.

Kawhi Leonard said he has a torn ligament in his right hand.

He is going to let the swelling go down first and the Spurs will come up with a plan after that. Players will fight through torn ligaments in their hands all the time and it has a lot to do with the location of the tear. He is still listed as day-to-day and his fantasy owners should consider him questionable for Saturday. Kyle Anderson is worth a look in deep leagues. We'll add updates as we receive them.
Dec 19 - 7:07 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) may have damage to his right hand, but remains day-to-day.

"Something kind of torn in there; a little bit of mucked up stuff," coach Gregg Popovich said. Leonard may be dealing with a small tear to one of his tendons. He's not going to play on Friday and could miss additional games. Leonard was starting to come on and flirting with first-round value besides his slow start. Marco Belinelli and Boris Diaw also benefit sans Kawhi.
Dec 19 - 6:39 PM

Kawhi Leonard (hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. Portland.

This will be Leonard's second consecutive game out of the lineup due to his sore hand, and we'll consider him questionable for Saturday's game vs. Dallas. Marco Belinelli, Manu Ginobili, and Danny Green will be asked to pick up the slack while Leonard is sidelined, and all those guys figure to be decent plug-and-play options in daily leagues.

Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play against Memphis on Wednesday.

This is just a reminder so owners can have a backup plan ready in time for Wednesday's tip-off. Cory Joseph is the obvious beneficiary in Parker's absence while Marco Belinelli and Manu Ginobili will see increase workloads in place of Leonard. We will update Leonard as needed and he is simply dealing with a sore hand and should be considered day-to-day.

Kawhi Leonard (hand) will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

Leonard again had x-rays taken on his sore right hand following Monday's game vs. Portland, but they revealed no fracture. The Spurs are currently awaiting the results of further testing that is being performed today in San Antonio, and we'll keep you posted as soon as details become available. Leonard was seen holding his hand and wincing in pain throughout Monday's game, and with the Spurs main focus set on a title run, he could miss some extended time here. Marco Bellineli and Manu Ginobili will see some increased opportunity with Leonard sidelined.
Dec 16 - 3:58 PM

Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points against the Blazers during a 108-95 loss on Monday to go with nine rebounds, four assists and one block in 33 minutes.

He made 7-of-18 from the field and did a lot of his scoring off the dribble. His usage rate tonight was higher than any game in his career with at least 15 minutes on the court. On the downside, he is shooting much worse on pull-ups this season, which explains the 6.8 percent dip in field goal percentage. Leonard has been a top-20 player on the season.
Dec 16 - 2:51 AM

Kawhi Leonard (bruised hand) set a career high with six blocks during Sunday's win over the Nuggets, while also tying his career high with five steals.

Leonard also scored 18 points with eight rebounds, four assists and only one turnover. He's playing a career-high 31.9 minutes per game this season, racking up elite fantasy value with 14.8 points (46.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 1.0 threes, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 blocks. Those numbers aren't likely to dip as the season progresses but they could easily improve, giving Leonard nice upside after a relatively slow start to the season. Tonight's performance made him the first Spurs player since David Robinson in 1992 to record six blocks and five steals in the same game.
Dec 14 - 11:02 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Tony Parker
2Cory Joseph
3Patty Mills
SG1Danny Green
2Marco Belinelli
3Manu Ginobili
4Austin Daye
SF1Kawhi Leonard
2Kyle Anderson
PF1Tim Duncan
2Boris Diaw
3Jeff Ayres
C1Tiago Splitter
2Matt Bonner
3Aron Baynes