Report: Parker's quad comments were 'last straw' for Kawhi
The veteran point guard was quoted saying his own quad injury was "100 times worse" than Leonard's. Those comments were reportedly the "last straw" for Leonard as it pertains to him wanting to remain with the organization, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe.
"I've been through it. It was rehab for me for eight months. Same kind of injury, but mine was 100 times worse, but the same kind of injury. You just stay positive," Parker said in March.
The now 36-year-old was referring to his potentially career-ending torn left quadriceps tendon which knocked him out of the 2017 playoffs. He soon underwent successful surgery to repair the damage and made his 2017-18 regular-season debut on Nov. 27, 2017, after missing the first 19 games.
Shortly after Parker's remarks were made, Leonard began rehabbing his right quad tendinopathy in New York, away from the team, with no timetable provided for his return. He had reportedly been cleared by the Spurs to return a month earlier but elected to get a second opinion.
Leonard played just nine games in 2017-18, averaging 16.2 points and 4.7 rebounds after averaging 25.5 points and 5.8 rebounds and finishing as a top-three finalist for Most Valuable Player the season prior.