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Leonard (eye) will be evaluated Thursday, the San Antonio Express reports.

Leonard's eye concern is viral in nature, leaving his status up in the air in advance of next Tuesday's season opener versus the Mavericks. When healthy, he's an across-the-board contributor that would benefit greatly from an increased workload. However, there's been no indication that an expansion of last year's 29 minutes per game will indeed occur.

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Leonard (eye) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against Miami and could miss the remainder of the exhibition slate, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

The infection has spread to Leonard's left eye, and while the issue is not believed to be anything serious, the Spurs plan to take all the necessary precautions with the 2014 Finals MVP. Leonard has played in just one game so far this preseason, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds and four steals in 29 minutes in the opener against Alba Berlin back on Oct. 8.

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Leonard has an eye infection and won't travel until it clears up, Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports.

He has already been ruled out for the trip to Phoenix for Thursday's preseason game, and it's not inconceivable that he could miss a couple more exhibitions. Continue to monitor his status leading up to drafts, but he should be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Leonard missed practice Monday with an illness, the San Antonio Express-News' Jeff McDonald reports.

It's the same illness that kept him out of action in Turkey, but considering it's an illness and not an injury, he should be fine for the start of the regular season.

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Leonard scored 14 points (4-10 FG, 0-1 3P, 6-6 FT) with seven rebounds, four steals and a block in 29 minutes during Wednesday's exhibition game against Alba Berlin.

It was a typically productive game for Leonard, albeit against non-NBA competition. The Finals MVP will look to have the breakout regular season performance this year that his playoff efforts have hinted at, as he begins to take some of the load off the shoulders of veterans like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

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Leonard said his knee is 100 percent healthy at this time, the San Antonio Express-News reports. He's dealt with jumper's knee in the past, so this is merely good to hear from a general health perspective on Leonard.

Leonard didn't miss any games due to issues with his knee this past season, but in the the 2012-13 season, he missed 24 games dealing with tendinitis in his quad that gave him a sore knee. While he may always deal with jumper's knee to some degree, the fact that it wasn't a big enough concern for him to miss games last season means there's no reason to be overly concerned about anything to do with Leonard's knee at this time.

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Kawhi Leonard has been left off the initial Team USA roster.

It's not clear why Leonard's name was not listed, but it's likely he simply declined the invite, as he's been a participant in year's past. After winning a championship, and Finals MVP trophy with the Spurs last season, perhaps Leonard simply would like an extended vacation free of injury-risk.

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Kawhi Leonard is eligible for an extension on July 1 and the most the Spurs could offer him would be a five-year, $79 million deal.

He made just $3.1 million last year and severely outplayed that contract on his way to the Finals MVP. Leonard is going to be a bigger part of the offense next season and the Spurs may want to give him his long-term deal now or else he'd become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2015.

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Coach Gregg Popovich said he will start calling plays for Kawhi Leonard soon.

Surprisingly, he said called zero plays for Leonard this season and everything Leonard gets has just come out of the flow of the offense. Leonard has been remarkably efficient in the Finals and was able to account 17.8 points per game on just 9.8 shots. He was a top-five player in fantasy leagues upon his return from a finger injury on Feb. 26, so he'll be highly targeted in fantasy leagues.

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Kawhi Leonard was named the 2014 NBA Finals MVP on Sunday, having averaged 17.8 points on 61.2 percent shooting, 2.2 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks while playing terrific defense on LeBron James throughout the series.

True to form, when Kawhi accepted the Bill Russell MVP award he deferred credit for his breakout series to his coaches and teammates. At 22 years old, Kawhi became the youngest Finals MVP since Tim Duncan won the award in 1999, and he's proved to be an absolute steal for the Spurs, who traded away George Hill to acquire him on draft day in 2011. His NBA future is extraordinarily bright, and fantasy owners must view him as a first-round option next season.