LA Clippers star Kawhi Leonard has rejoined the team in Orlando to prepare for the restart of the 2019-20 season, coach Doc Rivers confirmed on Saturday.
“Kawhi, he is here, he is going through the protocol,” Rivers said. Leonard did not travel with the team on Wednesday due to a family matter.
The Clippers held their first practice at the Walt Disney World Resort on Friday. They will resume their season on July 30, matching up with the Los Angeles Lakers in the second game of a re-opening night doubleheader.
Leonard is averaging a team-best 26.9 points this season for the Clippers, who are currently second in the Western Conference behind only the Lakers. He is the reigning NBA Finals MVP, after helping Toronto win the title last season.
The Clippers are 38-13 when Leonard plays, 6-7 when he doesn’t. They’re also 17-3 in games where he scores at least 30 points this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report