In any case, and at whatever level he's first at in his return, having Leonard back on the court is a huge boost to the Spurs and for the National Basketball Association in general, as the league gets back one of its premier players.
Leonard has been participating in 5-on-5 play in practice, but the Spurs have yet to commit on a firm return date for their star forward.
Leonard (quad) will sit out Friday's game against the Celtics, but will then target Saturday's matchup with the Suns for his debut, Jabari Young of San Antonio Express-News reports. If all goes well, and Leonard feels OK, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year will travel with the team to Phoenix after Friday's game against Boston to play in the second game of a back-to-back.
Leonard is projected for averages of 22.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.3 3-pointers, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks, and 2.3 turnovers per game over the rest of the 2017 season.