Report: Kawhi Leonard Withdraws from Team USA

According to Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, Kawhi Leonard may decide to pass on training camp with Team USA this summer, thereby removing him from participation in the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

Sources familiar with USA Basketball’s plans for the camp, scheduled to begin in Las Vegas on July 28, said the Spurs forward has not yet given a firm commitment to participate in the camp and may be pulling out. USA Basketball is to issue a press release on Monday about the players who will be at the camp. 

The 2014 NBA Finals MVP has dealt with a series of lower body injuries since his days at San Diego State, notably the quadriceps tendinitis that plagued him throughout the 2012-13 season. Leonard also dealt with soreness in his left knee for most of the 2013-14 season but it is not known whether or not the tendinitis is to blame. Leonard did not participate in the training camp last summer due to the nagging injury in his left knee but later claimed to be “100%” after the crucial summer rest.

The San Antonio Spurs are no stranger to ailing knees and may have had a hand in Kawhi’s decision to pass on training camp yet again. At this time, the status of the 23 year old’s commitment is just speculation and no official announcement has been made by either Kawhi Leonard or the San Antonio Spurs. Per Monroe’s article, USA Basketball will issue a press release later today on the status of their training camp roster.

[UPDATE: USA Basketball has officially released their 2014 Training Camp Roster. Kawhi Leonard is not listed as a participant.]

Aaron Preine

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Aaron Preine has covered the San Antonio Spurs since 2010 and is one of the hosts of the Project Spurs Spurscast.