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Fantasy basketball – Is it time to drop Kawhi Leonard due to latest injury news?


Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, we pose a question to a panel of ESPN fantasy basketball experts to gauge their thoughts on a hot topic.

Today’s contributors are ESPN Fantasy’s Jim McCormick, André Snellings and Kyle Soppe.

The San Antonio Spurs announced Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be sidelined indefinitely due continued issues with his quadriceps. What should fantasy managers do with Leonard? Is it time to drop him?

Jim McCormick: It’s been a troubling season for Leonard, who has missed 37 of the team’s first 46 games. And yet the Spurs are still on pace for 50 wins and have playoff odds above 99 percent, per FiveThirtyEight.

I still believe Leonard could be an influential asset, even if takes until late March for a return. Despite the blend of quad and shoulder injuries limiting him to 23.3 minutes per game this season, Leonard is 32nd on the Player Rater by averages, a testament to his elite defensive upside.

Would you release or sell LeBron James, Stephen Curry or Kevin Durant for pennies on the dollar if they were mired in a similarly confounding injury scenario? We have no idea if Leonard will play much this season, if at all, but I do trust that he’ll contribute at an elite level if he’s on the floor. I would try my best to stash Leonard on IR or acquire him on the cheap.

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