Los Angeles Clippers superstar Kawhi Leonard suffered a partial tear to his right ACL during the Western Conference semifinals and underwent surgery on July 13 to correct the problem. It was suggested last month that Leonard could miss at least half of the 2021-2022 regular season, but Lawrence Frank, the president of Clippers’ basketball operations, hinted that the 30-year-old might not make meaningful action until the fall of 2022 on Friday. will see.
“Oh, we’re not even breaking that,” Frank replied of Leonard returning at some point during the upcoming campaign, per ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I don’t think anyone knows at this point when you’re dealing with an ACL recovery [injury], the term.
“Even to save you guys [from asking] all year round, no one knows. You just attack it day by day, he has a very detailed plan with a great group and we let his body and the doctors tell us when it’s the right time.”
David Aldridge of the Athletic reported on Thursday: “There is at least little chance of Leonard seeing the floor during the regular season.”
Leonard, a two-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player and five-time All-Star, averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists in 52 regular season games in 2020-21. He agreed to a four-year contract that would be worth $176.3 million by August.