The San Antonio Spurs have already missed Kawhi Leonard throughout the entire training camp and preseason. Unfortunately, it appears that the team will also be without their franchise player when they open the regular season.

Head coach Gregg Popovich confirmed Leonard’s status, further commenting on the uncertainty of arguably the league’s best two-way player even after Wednesday’s opener, per Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express News.

“He won’t be available.”

“I don’t gauge it,” Popovich said. “He’s still rehabbing and when he’s ready, he’ll be ready. I try not to qualify it.”

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The Spurs superstar is coming off a career-season where he averaged 25.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals, finishing third in the MVP race behind James Harden and, eventual winner, Russell Westbrook.

Kawhi Leonard has been rehabbing tendinopathy in his left quadriceps and the Spurs, known to have been quite comfortable playing even without its stars, are expected to take a very cautious approach on his recovery process.

After falling one healthy ankle short of giving the Golden State Warriors a run for their money in the conference finals, the Spurs have every reason to preserve the health of Kawhi Leonard until he’s one hundred percent.