Lowry mum on Raptors, speaks only about USA Basketball

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Green missed five games in December due to the injury.

The four-time All-Star, sources say, will use the time to get his affairs in order following the blockbuster trade to San Antonio that also sent forward Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.

Leonard last played in a game on January 13, and was limited to nine games with San Antonio last season.

Leonard, who is still rehabbing from his quad injury, is close to feeling 100 percent - "He's at 96, 97 percent", a source told the Express-News - and anticipates being ready for the start training camp in September. But Leonard never returned, electing to stay in NY to rehab his mysterious quadriceps injury instead of helping his team on the court or supporting them on the bench. "[It says] slight strain, take a couple weeks off". For me, I understood they were trying to go in a different direction. I'd feel it. My agent (Joe Branch) said, "Maybe we should get a second opinion.' I didn't want to because I have full faith and believe in the Spurs" staff. They've always done right by me.

Head coach Gregg Popovich of the United States works with DeMar DeRozan #35 during a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Coach Gregg Popovich then offered vague descriptions of his star player's condition as Leonard missed the season opener and many more games after that, not returning to the court until December 12, 28 games into the season. Toronto also received Danny Green in the deal. Despite his many accolades, which include two Defensive Player of the Year awards and the 2014 NBA Finals MVP award, Leonard carried himself in a similarly "stoic" manner as the Spurs' former franchise player, Tim Duncan, and mostly focused on his game, with little regard for his celebrity status.

"Nobody ever talks to Kawhi to know exactly what he's thinking or what's on his mind so the best way to monitor that or gauge it is by having him in your programme".