Los Angeles Clippers' star Kawhi Leonard is rumored to be unhappy with the teams' medical staff. Leonard injured his knee during game four of the Western Conference Semi-Finals against the Utah Jazz. After the game, Leonard said his knee was "good."
Leonard has not played since, missing the last six playoff games. The Clippers are currently down 3-1 to the Phoenix Suns in the Western Conference Finals. With the Clippers on the brink of elimination, there is no indication Kawhi will be returning soon.
"I have been told by a very good source that the first issue was Kawhi being unhappy with the Clippers medical staff because he felt that they, early on, misdiagnosed and underplayed the extent of this knee injury."Skip Bayless on FS1's Undisputed
This is concerning for the Clippers since the two-time Finals MVP is an unrestricted free agent this summer. Although he's playing for his hometown, this is the type of thing that could cause him to reconsider. Leonard left the San Antonio Spurs because he lost trust in the team's medical staff.
Kawhi takes his health management very seriously. He is still interacting with his teammates daily but is not traveling with the team for road games. He is also sitting in suites for the home games instead of with his team on the bench. That may not mean anything; it might be more comfortable for his knee to be in a suite. But, most injured players sit on the bench with their team during games.
The Clippers need to make sure they do everything in their power to keep Kawhi this summer. If he decides to leave, it will be a devastating blow for the franchise to pursue their first NBA Championship.
The Spurs situation escalated over time, so there is no indication that it's anywhere near as bad with the Clippers. However, a superstar potentially upset with his team, on the verge of unrestricted free agency, is something to keep an eye on.