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Report: Kawhi Leonard won't attend Team USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas, will use time to transition to Toronto

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Kawhi Leonard attends a practice session at the Mendenhall Center on August 11, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Getty)

Kawhi Leonard won't attend Team USA's Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas this week, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Leonard will instead use the time to make the transition to his new team - the Toronto Raptors - after a trade from the San Antonio Spurs saw him head north a week ago.

Leonard flirted with the idea of participating in the national team minicamp, after missing all but nine games of the 2017-18 season with a right quad injury. The 27-year-old was hoping to prove his quad is now healed, but transitioning to his new city has taken priority.

Gregg Popovich will be at the helm of the national team minicamp after taking over duties from Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, but that didn't seem to be a reason for Leonard not to participate.

Popovich has signed up to coach the program through 2020, ending with the 2020 Summer Games in Tokoyo, Japan.

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It remains to be seen whether or not Leonard will make himself available for the national team, but if he does he will likely be coached by Popovich once again.

Leonard last had a chance to play with the national team in 2016 but withdrew his name from consideration.

The USA Basketball minicamp begins on Wednesday, with practices held at UNLV on Thursday and Friday.

A few stars have already announced they won't be in attendance, LeBron James and Stephen Curry being the most notable.

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