Following weeks of near-silence regarding the status of Kawhi Leonard's right knee, including when his Los Angeles Clippers were still playing, we've finally learned the extent of the injury he suffered against the Utah Jazz in mid-June.
In a press release shared Tuesday, the Clippers wrote: "Kawhi Leonard underwent successful surgery today to repair a partial tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament. There is no timetable for his return."
The last sentence isn't unusual for injuries of this magnitude. Given the varied outcomes of a torn ACL throughout sports, it wouldn't really make sense for the organization to give one. But we can certainly glean some clues by looking at timelines for other stars who went through this surgery.
In December 2014, Jabari Parker's rookie year was cut short by a torn ACL. He returned to game action in November 2015. In 2017, Zach LaVine suffered a torn ACL in February. He next played in an NBA game in January 2018. Kristaps Porzingis sat out the entirety of 2018-19 after tearing his ACL in February 2018. And Klay Thompson missed all of the 2019-20 season with the injury in question.
For Kawhi, whose history with injuries and load management has been analyzed to death, the more cautious timeline feels like the most likely. And with the NBA going back to its old October-through-June schedule for the 2021-22 campaign, there's a very real possibility that Leonard will miss all of next season.