According to Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes, Clippers star and reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard did not travel with the team to Orlando today as he attended to a family matter. The bulk of the team’s travel party was scheduled to arrive in Orlando today and undergo a 48-hour quarantine. Once they test negative and complete that quarantine, they can begin practices later this week.
For Kawhi, his delayed arrival means he will likely miss the first couple of practices, but Haynes reports that Leonard will arrive “within a few days” and was given permission by the team to attend to a family issue this week.
Players who do not travel to Orlando with their team’s travel party are required by NBA policy to arrange their own travel to the league’s bubble site. Players who drive or fly in a private chartered flight must test negative for coronavirus twice on campus before being allowed out of quarantine to join their team, while any player who flies commercial must test negative three times. Regardless of the option Leonard chooses, if he arrives within the next few days and then waits 2-3 days to be cleared to practice, he should be on the court with the rest of the Clippers next week.
While the original news that Leonard did not join the team today was perhaps heart-stopping for Clippers fans, it appears as though there is no real issue here. Hopefully the rest of the team is getting settled in Orlando to prepare for the return of games. Guard Landry Shamet also did not travel today due to a positive coronavirus test–the team has not yet signed a replacement player and is hopeful that he will be cleared to travel to Orlando and rejoin the team.