March 13, 2018, 9:00 am

Kawhi, Pop to meet as Leonard's return looms

With Kawhi Leonard's tax return targeted for Thursday, according to aggregate sources, Leonard and Spurs manager Gregg Popovich will meet Tuesday to see "how at the ready" Leonard is to play.

Kawhi, Pop to meet as Leonard's return looms

HOUSTON -- San Antonio Spurs manager Gregg Popovich said he'll talk to Kawhi Leonard on Tuesday when the team tax returns home pursuing its 109-93 loss to the Houston Rockets. It's anticipated the club could gain some lucidity astir the star forward's possible tax return to the lineup.

"I'll see Kawhi [Tuesday]," Popovich said. "We'll see how he's feeling, and see how at the ready he is, and see how at the ready I deliberation he is. And we'll go from there."

The team has targeted a home matchup on Thursday against the New Orleans Pelicans as the date for Leonard's possible tax return, according to aggregate sources, as archetypal according by ESPN's Lisa Salters.

The Spurs (37-30) have lost 11 of their past 14 games and fell to the 10th spot in the Western Conference standings with Monday's loss.

Popovich was asked on Saturday astir the study of Leonard's tax return, and said, "Well good for them. I'm glad they're studying that. I don't know what they according. I don't hear. I don't concern astir studys."

Leonard's unfinished tax return date hasn't changed, and is blackball a reverse from a correct quad injury, sources told ESPN. Leonard said last week he conceived to tax return "soon" from the injury, which has kept him out for all but nine games this season.

A two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, Leonard played in those nine games after missing the season's archetypal 27, but tax returned to the sideline after playing against the Denver Nuggets on Jan. 13.

Leonard said he has been riding a stationary bike and participating in 3-on-3 drills to simulate the physical contact of games, but he has done so with Spurs staff members, not teammates.

Leonard admitted that the only way to work himself into proper cardiovascular condition is to actually play in games.

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