The Clippers listed Leonard on the injury
report with a knee injury, meaning the club is within its rights
to rest Leonard on the front end of a back-to-back.
"Kawhi Leonard is not a healthy player under the league's
resting policy, and, as such, is listed as managing a knee
injury in the L.A. Clippers injury report," spokesman Mike Bass
told ESPN. "The league office, in consultation with the NBA's
director of sports medicine, is comfortable with team medical
staff's determination that Leonard is not sufficiently healthy
to play in back-to-back games at this time."
Leonard has yet to play both games of a back-to-back this season
and last played in a set in April 2017, when he was a member of
the San Antonio Spurs. Leonard played in just nine games for the
Spurs in 2017-18 due to a quadriceps injury and played in just
60 of 82 regular-season games for the Toronto Raptors last
--Golden State forward Draymond Green will miss the Warriors'
three-game road trip due to his finger injury, and guard
D'Angelo Russell will sit at least one game with an ankle
injury, coach Steve Kerr said.
Green sustained a torn ligament in his left index finger in
Friday's 127-110 loss to San Antonio and missed the past two
games. He won't travel with the team for games against Houston,
Minnesota and Oklahoma City.
Meanwhile, Russell was ruled out of Wednesday night's game
against the Rockets as he continues to recover from a sprained
right ankle suffered against the Spurs in a 30-point
performance. Kerr said Russell could return Friday against the
--Toronto Raptors forward Patrick McCaw underwent arthroscopic
surgery to remove a benign mass on the back of his left knee,
the team announced. The surgery came after McCaw reported
discomfort. Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special
Surgery in New York performed the operation.
No timetable has been set for McCaw's return, but he'll be
evaluated in four weeks. He will not travel with the Raptors on
their five-game road trip that begins Friday.
McCaw missed four of the defending champions' first six games
this season because of the issue. He averaged 4.0 points and 3.0
rebounds in wins against the Orlando Magic (Oct. 28) and Detroit
Pistons (Oct. 30).
--Veteran forward Kenneth Faried has signed to play in China,
according to multiple reports.
Stadium's Jeff Goodman said Faried signed a one-year deal in
excess of $2 million. Sportando's Emiliano Carchia, however,
reported Faried's deal was worth $4.4 million to play for the
A full-season NBA minimum contract would have paid Faried
$2,320,044. Faried, 29, has played eight NBA seasons, seven with
the Denver Nuggets. He split last season between the Brooklyn
Nets and Houston Rockets.
--Field Level Media
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