This is a fitting end to Kawhi Leonard-Spurs drama

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich during happier times

Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich during happier times

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the Denver Nuggets on January 13, 2018 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Leonard has been rehabbing in NY because that is where his medical staff is located, and he has not been cleared by his doctors, league sources said. At this moment that appears to be a fairly finite amount of time with the Warriors demolishing the Spurs in Game 1 of their opening-round series on Saturday. Leonard, who has played in nine games this season dealing with a curious quad injury, refused, and the drama unusual for San Antonio has continued on without an end in sight.

According to Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania, Leonard has not yet been cleared by his doctors' and despite making strides recently in training, he will not be back on the court at any point this season.

Leonard's rehab program in NY has been in collaboration and with the approval of the Spurs' medical staff, league sources said.

Leonard - the 2013-14 NBA Finals MVP - missed the first 27 games of the season with the quadriceps injury and returned on a limited basis December 12, playing nine games over the next month. He led the Spurs to the 2014 National Basketball Association title over the Miami Heat.