Kawhi Leonard

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  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard checked in for Thursday's preseason finale against the Mavs and put up 13 points, three rebounds, four steals and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Leonard took full advantage of some sloppy play from Luka Doncic to help make up for his poor 5-of-19 shooting performance. Kawhi's inching up closer to the middle points of the first round in fantasy drafts, and where you select him depends entirely on your tolerance for potential nights off.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not suit up for Sunday's preseason tilt with Melbourne.

    Leonard wasn't expected to play, and here's your confirmation. Feel free to pick over the Clippers' bench in DFS on what could be a reserve-heavy day.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Ckippers head coach Doc Rivers doesn't expect Kawhi Leonard (rest) to play Sunday's preseaosn game against Melbourne.

    The on again, off again resting schedule with Kawhi during the preseason is not much of a surprise. Leonard has said all of the right things about his committment to playing more and resting less this season, but until we see it it's hard to take those comments at face value. One encouraging spot for those considering Leonard in the first round is the news that Paul George (shoulder) will be sidelined for the first 10 games of the season, increasing the need for Leonard to be out there with his new team.

    Source: ESPN

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard made his preseason debut on Thursday with seven points, one rebound, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer.

    The low minutes aren't a surprise and the high assist numbers are nice as the Clippers lack playmakers, but we're not going to read too deep into preseason numbers. The Clippers are going to ease Leonard into the season and there's still a big question mark as to how many "load management" days he'll have coming into the year.

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard will in fact make his preseason debut on Thursday after it was reported he would rest.

    The Clippers couldn't seem to decide when Leonard was going to make his debut, but it appears we'll get our first look at him on this new team. It doesn't have much bearing on the season, since we know what Leonard is, but it'll be exciting to see him suit up.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After previously reporting that Leonard would make his preseason debut on Thursday, Mark Medina announced that Leonard will indeed rest again on Thursday.

    Leonard is yet to play in the preseason, but after a full season of "load management" are you really surprised? The Clippers suggested at their media day that they won't be as liberal with their rest days for Leonard this year so don't read too much into this.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Mark Medina reported that Kawhi Leonard (load management) might make his preseason debut on Thursday vs. the Nuggets.

    The Clippers are following the Raptors in how they handle Kawhi's load as they hope to play well into the summer of 2020. Clipper fans will be very excited whenever they see the debut of the 2019 NBA Finals MVP.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard took part in a scrimmage with the Clippers on Wednesday.

    The Clippers are bringing their big acquisition along slowly. However, he should be selected with confidence in the second round of most drafts.

    Source: Brad Turner on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Not only does Doc Rivers not know if Kawhi Leonard is playing on Thursday, but he said he hasn't even thought about it.

    Clippers beat writer Jovan Buha speculates that it's unlikely that we see Leonard in the preseason. It's hard to argue with that after hearing Rivers' comments. This is good news for those rostering Kawhi in fantasy, as it seems the Clips could keep him in bubble wrap until the games count. As far as their other new All-NBA wing, Paul George won't take any contact throughout training camp.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Coach Doc Rivers said that Kawhi Leonard was able to complete a full practice for the first time with the Clippers on Saturday.

    Leonard did not participate in Wednesday's practice and Rivers already indicated that Leonard would not play in the team's first two preseason games in Hawaii. Kawaii's load management has started however he is expected to miss less games this coming season. Look for Leonard to be picked within the first two rounds of standard leagues.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard did not suit up for the Clippers' Wednesday round of scrimmages.

    Leonard has not scrimmaged with his new team at all over the last three days, inspiring the opposite of confidence for those hoping Kawhi cools it with the load management this season. We won't get carried away with speculation seeing as these aren't really on the same level as full-on practices, but it's worth filing away for later. For what it's worth, Rodney McGruder has been starting with the first team while Leonard has been sitting out.

    Source: Andrew Grief on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Clippers head coach Doc Rivers implied that forward Kawhi Leonard will not appear in the team's first two preseason contests which will take place in Hawaii.

    This doesn't move the needle much unless you're playing preseason fantasy games. Leonard should not last long before getting selected in fantasy drafts.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    According to Mark Medina of USA Today, Kawhi Lenoard's load management will not be as severe with the Clippers.

    During his sitdown with the media Kawhi explained the Clippers have not mapped out his workload for this season. This only adds to previous reports that Leonard is expecting less off days this season. It is hard to know how things will playout once the games start counting, but all signs point to Leonard topping his 60 games from last season. You should feel comfortable landing him in the second round of standard league drafts.

    Source: Mark Medina on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    After speaking with Doc Rivers and Lawrence Frank, Dan Woike's takeaway is that Kawhi Leonard's "load management" will not be as strict as it was last year.

    It was reported in July that Kawhi said he wants to play all next season fully and approach load management on a game-to-game basis so this is further confirmation that he will most likely play more than the 60 games he played last year but surely won't play all 82 either. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports speculates that this could be for several reasons. One could be that Leonard can take on more now that he is a little healthier while he believes the Clippers might also limit his per-game minutes to help him play more games. The other idea is that because the Western Conference is so deep, the Clippers will not be able to get a good seed if Leonard sits too many games. Fantasy wise, Leonard finished last season seventh in per game value but 18th in total value since he played only 60 games. Near the top of the second round would be a great place to snag him if he plays around 70 games this season.

    Source: Dan Woike on Twitter

  • Kawhi Leonard
    SF, Los Angeles Clippers

    Kawhi Leonard on Wednesday said that he wants to play all of next season fully, and approach load management on a game to game basis.

    While Leonard can easily say this in July, it's tough to imagine that the Clippers will be on the same page with this once the season kicks off. Leonard looked gassed in the Finals even with the load management he had all of last season. With his health so fundamentally critical to the Clippers' title aspirations, we still think it's more likely than not that he sits out ball games due to load management next season.

    Source: Jovan Buha on Twitter