Kawhi Leonard won’t travel with Clippers on next road trip, taking absence to at least six games
Los Angeles Clippers star Kawhi Leonard will not travel with the Los Angeles Clippers on their upcoming road trip, according to trainer Ty Lue. That means, at the bare minimum, his absence will span six games. Leonard has only played twice this season, scoring 25 points in 41 minutes off the bench.
Leonard is still recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in the 2021 playoffs. That injury sidelined him for the entire 2021-22 season, and now that same right knee is still bothering him as this season has started. In addition to that knee, Leonard has been struggling with a quadratic condition for years now. The Clippers have been extremely conservative when it comes to managing his workload, but this season it has cost them dearly.
The Clippers, chosen by many to win the NBA championship before the season, started 2-4. The Clippers have built a deep roster, but with so many talented players, switching roles based on who is healthy and who isn’t could create tension as the season progresses.
Ultimately, the Clippers’ goal will be a healthy roster in April, May and June. It’s the games that matter. Leonard’s struggles by no means guarantee trouble in the spring. But Leonard has just been absent for an entire season. For him to have knee issues after such a long recovery is obviously concerning, and if the Clippers can’t figure things out around him, they might not be able to endure many more games without him.