Report: Kawhi aiming for March return to Spurs lineup

A new report from ESPN says that Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard is back with the team and working towards a March return to the court.

There appears to be light at the end of what has been a weird and wild two months for the San Antonio Spurs - Kawhi Leonard's injury saga could soon be over.

A new report from ESPN's Michael C. Wright and Adrian Wojnarowski says that the Silver and Black's superstar is planning on working with the team starting this week with the hopes of returning to the court "sometime in March." The report cites league sources.

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Those same sources say that the goal isn't to immediately jump into a full workload of practices, but to work "toward that level of engagement in the near future."

His return has taken longer than both the Spurs and Leonard anticipated. The All-Pro Leonard originally rejoined the team in December for a nine-game stint before he was pulled in January for "injury management."

Since then, numerous rumors have circled the team and their star player, including an ESPN report that Leonard was unhappy with how San Antonio's organization handled his rehabilitation. At the time, Leonard's uncle denied that report.

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Last week, head coach Gregg Popovich spoke to reporters, indicating that he would be "surprised" if the small forward was able to return during the 2017-2018 season.

San Antonio has managed to stay competitive in a loaded Western Conference without Leonard mainly behind a resurgent LaMarcus Aldridge. The Silver and Black have maintained a top-3 seed in anticipation of Kawhi's return, putting the organization in position to challenge the top-seeded Houston Rockets and defending champs Warriors for a return to the Western Conference Finals.