Clippers star forward Kawhi Leonard underwent to repair a partial tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament, the team announced. No timetable for his return was given.
Leonard suffered the injury on a drive during the fourth quarter of Game 4 of the Clippers’ second-round playoff win over the Jazz on June 14 at Staples Center.
The Clippers went on the win the series, before falling to the Suns in the Western Conference finals. Leonard remained sidelined after suffering the injury — though the Clippers didn’t specify what it was until Tuesday.
“According to ESPN, the 30-year-old forward told teammates the previous night to prepare for him to be out, and The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Clippers were fearful Leonard had suffered an ACL injury,” wrote Mirjam Swanson of the LA Daily News.
Leonard averaged 24.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.2 assists during the regular season and was even better in the playoffs. Against the Jazz, he averaged 27.3 points and 7.5 boards.
He is entering the final year of his $36 million contract and is expected to opt out to seek a longer deal with the Clippers or potentially another team.
“I can’t speak for him, to the health of Kawhi,” Clippers forward Paul George said after Leonard’s injury. “If he’s not 100, we don’t want him out there. I mean, that’s just as a brother, as a teammate, his health long-term is more important than what’s going on now. I can’t speak on the extent of his injury or you know what he and cannot give us. Like I’ve been saying, his health is just more important than anything else.”