San Antonio Spurs’ forward Kawhi Leonard has missed the last 11 games, but he could be back helping out the Spurs — and fantasy basketball teams — in the very near future.
Leonard was ruled out for 3-to-4 weeks after suffering a non-displaced fracture of his right fourth metacarpal on Jan. 22 vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder, but according to Spurs’ beat writer Jabari Young, the third-year pro could return this coming Tuesday or Wednesday:
— Jabari Young (@jabari_young) February 15, 2014
It’s great news for fantasy owners. Leonard had been playing his best ball of the season prior to his injury. In the previous seven games before injuring himself, the former San Diego State Aztec was averaging 13.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.1 triples, while shooting 63.3 percent from the field.
After a breakout season in 2012-13, Leonard has not lived up to to his fourth-round ADP (average draft position), but with Tony Parker (back) ailing, he could be thrust into a bigger offensive role upon his return.
Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich likes to rest his older players down the stretch and Leonard figures to be one of the main beneficiaries of the extra minutes that will go around.
As of Saturday, Leonard is owned in just 55.1 percent of ESPN.com fantasy basketball leagues. If he is available in your league, make sure you run to the waiver wire to grab him before your opponents catch drift of the recent good news regarding his return.