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Kawhi Leonard likely out for Spurs' season opener Wednesday, continues to rehab left quad

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All-Star small forward Kawhi Leonard is not expected to play Wednesday in the San Antonio Spurs's home season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves, coach Gregg Popovich said Friday.

"He won't be available," Popovich said before Friday's preseason finale against the Houston Rockets, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Leonard has missed the entire preseason and training camp while rehabilitating tendinopathy in his left quadriceps.

According to Popovich, there is no timetable for Leonard's return.

The Spurs never said when Leonard's injury occurred, but Popovich indicated the issue first developed sometime last season. San Antonio previously issued a statement, saying Leonard "continues a rehabilitation program for right quadriceps tendinopathy."

Leonard missed time in the 2017 playoffs due to an ankle injury suffered in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and he aggravated that sprain in Game 1 of the conference finals, forcing him to sit out the duration of San Antonio's 4-0 series loss to the Golden State Warriors.

ESPN's Michael Wright contributed to this report.

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