San Antonio's head coach said he would be "surprised" if Leonard is back this season.
Leonard missed the first 27 games of the regular season, and he returned to participate in nine contests before the Spurs made the decision last month to sideline the forward indefinitely.
After spending 10 days before the All-Star break in NY consulting with a specialist to gather a second opinion on his right quad injury, All-NBA forward Kawhi Leonard bears the burden of determining when he's prepared to play again, sources told ESPN.
According to Wojnarowski's sources, Leonard does not want to return.
Without Leonard, the Spurs will continue to turn to LaMarcus Aldridge, Pau Gasol, Danny Green and other veteran players, along with the rise of Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes and Kyle Anderson.
The loss of Leonard will be a detrimental blow for a Spurs team that has been treading water in the Western Conference with the expectation that their cornerstone player would return at some point in the season. There has been some speculation that Leonard could pull a Kyrie Irving and request a trade from San Antonio.
The news that Leonard won't be back soon sucks for the Spurs and their fans, but it also sucks for basketball fans more broadly. "I'll be surprised if he gets back this year".
Leonard's absence has left Gregg Popovich pessimistic about Leonard's return for the 2017-18 season and a postseason run.
One thing to be wary of is the fact that Popovich has been dogged by questions all season about Leonard's health.
Leonard, a former Finals MVP with San Antonio, has only been able to play 9 games this season, after averaging 25 points per game the previous year.
Pop just said he'd be surprised if Kawhi returns this season.
Manu Ginobili became the first Spurs player to publicly speak about Leonard's status and defend the injured superstar. "The team has to realize that this is who we are, this is who we have, this is [who is] gonna play".
Right now the Spurs are the third best team in the West, despite the issues all year long with Kawhi. The Spurs have been comfortably in the No. 3 spot in the Western Conference for most of the season, but their grip on the seed has all but evaporated.