Leonard (shoulder) said that he hoped to be at full strength for the start of the regular season, but suggested he could be limited in training camp, NBA.com's Cody Sharrett reports. "As far as a timeline, it's kinda hard to put an exact date on it," Leonard said. "We're going to back to see the doctor on August 1, and we'll have definitely a much better [idea] of when, let's say a one-to-two week window, will be." Leonard underwent surgery in late March to repair a dislocated left shoulder, and was given a six-to-eight month recovery timetable. While it appears Leonard is progressing as expected, his rehab may extend to the longer end of that timetable, as he said that he hopes to resume full-contact activities in mid-October, which would give him about two weeks to prepare for the start of the regular season. With Al-Farouq Aminu expected to see more time at power forward in 2016-17, Leonard will have to settle for backup duties, but should still be a fixture in the rotation due to his prowess from three-point range, a rare trait for someone who checks in at 7-foot-1. He'll battle Ed Davis, Festus Ezeli and Noah Vonleh for playing time behind projected frontcourt starters Aminu and Mason Plumlee.
Leonard recently indicated that he's "coming along nicely" in his recovery from a dislocated left shoulder that required surgery in late March, Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune reports. Leonard is about three and a half months removed from the operation, but said that he's "able to do just about anything with [the shoulder] now," an encouraging remark after the procedure was expected to carry a six-to-eight month recovery timetable. Despite Leonard's disappointing 2015-16 season, the Blazers still seem to like his long-term potential, as evidenced by their decision to re-sign him to a four-year, $41 million contract earlier this month. While he won't be cleared to take contact until training camp begins, Leonard shouldn't have much issue getting his conditioning back up to par as he prepares for his fifth NBA campaign. He's expected to serve as the top backup to Al-Farouq Aminu at power forward, while also occasionally seeing time at center behind Mason Plumlee and Festus Ezeli.
Leonard (shoulder) signed a four year, $41 million contract with the Trail Blazers on Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. Leonard, who has drafted with the 11th overall pick by Portland back in the 2012 NBA Draft, will remain in Rip City for at least four more seasons. The 7-foot-1 center had his best season last year, achieving season-high averages in points (8.4 per game), rebounds (5.1 per game), and assists (1.5 per game). The 24-year-old will join a crowded frontcourt next season as he will compete for major minutes with the likes of Ed Davis, Mason Plumlee, and Festus Ezeli, which could lead to a decrease in fantasy production.
Leonard (shoulder) will have his sling removed Friday, Mike Richman of The Oregonian reports. Leonard underwent surgery to repair his left shoulder in late March and is expected to be sidelined through training camp, if not the start of the regular season. He still has a long ways to go in the rehab process, so while getting the sling removed is encouraging, we can't assume Leonard is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Leonard (shoulder) will miss six to eight months following surgery on a dislocated left shoulder, Jason Quick of the North West Comcast Sports Network reports. Surgery on Leonard's shoulder is scheduled for April 8. Given his timetable for a return, it is unclear if Leonard will be able to return for the beginning of next season. He opted to turn down a "considerable" contract extension earlier in the season from Portland, instead choosing to bet on himself in free agency. Leonard posted 8.4 points and 5.1 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game this season.
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