Kyle Lowry doesn't know if he's ever spoken to Kawhi Leonard

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That never happened, with Leonard declining to even show up for the Spurs' playoff games while using NY as a base for his medical treatments and recovery efforts.

Leonard's injury was initially announced by the Spurs in September as a case of right quadriceps tendinopathy that would keep him out for preseason games.

Either due to injury or out of frustration, Kawhi Leonard refused to play for the San Antonio Spurs down the stretch last season, despite his team being in the thick of a tight Western Conference playoff race.

Shooting guard Danny Green said that he played for San Antonio with a groin tear in 2017-18, but it was undetected by the Spurs until an end-of-season physical, he said on his Inside the Green Room with Danny Green podcast.

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Reacting to a report from the "San Antonio Express-News, ' 'ESPN's" Michael C. Wright said Leonard could have avoided his rift with the Spurs had he spoken up about his issues during the 2016 All-Star Weekend. So we do the rehab, do everything we're supposed to do.

"They did everything they could, but I think it would have been nice to see a specialist, just to see if there was another angle, another view", Green said of the Spurs' training staff. They've always been great to me. I'd feel it. My agent (Joe Branch) said, "Maybe we should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs" staff. "They've always done a hell of a job".

Meanwhile, sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes that Leonard will not attend Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas next week.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is the head coach of Team USA. The NBA season can go a far way at proving how valuable a player is, or it can also destroy a players chances at a big pay day; as we saw with Isaiah Thomas, who went from an NBA MVP candidate in line to earn an $100 million contract to accepting a minimum deal for a non-contender in the matter of one season. He has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game over his seven-year career.

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