Kawhi Leonard injury update: Clippers star has surgery to repair partially torn ACL

NBA Los Angeles Clippers Basketball The Clippers will likely be without their best player for a good portion of the 2021-22 season.Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of the ACL in his right knee. The team added that there is currently no timetable for his return to basketball activities. MORE: Could Mavericks steal Leonard away from Clippers?Leonard suffered the injury during Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals. The two-time NBA Finals MVP came up limping after a drive toward the basket against Jazz forward Joe Ingles. He ended up sitting the last four-plus minutes of that contest, but in his postgame interview with TNT's Rebecca Haarlow, he said, "I'll be good." With 5:25 remaining in the fourth quarter of Game 4 against the Jazz, Clippers star Kawhi Leonard tweaked his right knee.After the game, Leonard told TNT, “I’ll be good.”Read more on the @kslsports app!#TakeNote #UTAatLAC #NBA🎥: TNT pic.twitter.com/DJGcSQitCs— KSL Sports (@kslsports) June 15, 2021Unfortunately for Leonard, the knee issue was more serious than he thought and ended what had been a spectacular playoff run. In 11 postseason games, Leonard averaged 30.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 39.3 percent on 3-pointers.While it is impossible to know exactly how much time Leonard will miss, injury expert Jeff Stotts believes his recovery will extend into next year. The 2021-22 campaign is expected to begin Oct. 19, so it wouldn't be shocking to see Leonard stuck on the bench for the first few months of the season. Re: Kawhi: Thomas Bryant & Spencer Dinwiddie each missed 60+ games after undergoing surgery for Grade 2 (partial tear) ACL injuries earlier this season. Dinwiddie was cleared for basketball activities ~6 months after surgery. Look for Kawhi’s rec

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overy to carryover into next year.— Jeff Stotts (@InStreetClothes) July 14, 2021Leonard can become an unrestricted free agent this summer by declining his player option. With his history of injuries, he may pursue a long-term deal for more financial security.