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Clippers’ Leonard reportedly has torn meniscus

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - APRIL 18: Kawhi Leonard #2 of the LA Clippers during the second half of Game Two of the Western Conference First Round Playoffs at Footprint Center on April 18, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Clippers 123-109. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, who was ruled out of the team’s last three games as they bowed out of the NBA playoffs, has a torn meniscus in his right knee, US media reported Wednesday.

ESPN, citing unnamed sources, said the Clippers and Leonard will decide on the course of treatment within the next two weeks.

It’s yet another blow for Leonard, who was twice named NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in winning titles with the Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs.

Leonard suffered a torn right knee ligament in the 2021 playoffs and missed the entire 2021-22 season.

He played 52 of 82 games this season as the Clippers managed his return from injury, and he was at full strength in scoring 38 points in the Clippers’ game-one victory over the Phoenix Suns in their Western Conference first-round series.

But he re-injured his right knee in that contest, playing through it in game two as he scored 31 points with eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in a 123-109 defeat.

With Leonard sidelined — along with injured teammate Paul George — the Clippers lost four straight games to bow out of the playoffs.

The 31-year-old — a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a five-time All-Star — is due to make $45.6 million for 2023-2024 and has a $48.8 million player option for the 2024-2025 season.

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