Kawhi Leonard Breaks Silence, (Kind Of) Addresses Spurs Drama In Statement

NBA trade news Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors last month

NBA trade news Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors last month

New Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard broke down his farewell to San Antonio and the Spurs into two words: "Thank you".

On one side, there was [Kawhi Leonard] that was trying to get out, get to a bigger market, and they were totally being up front with him, and then they trade him for a guy [DeMar DeRozan] where, that organization wasn't being up front with him at all.

In a letter submitted to the San Antonio Express-News, the superstar forward did not mention the Raptors and still has yet to share his thoughts on the city where he is set to spend his 2018-19 season.

One part of Leonard's statement includes a thank you to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, reading "THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

Though some are more heartfelt and less robotic, thank-you letters by traded players rarely say much significantly.

THANK YOU to the fans!

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Just days after longtime Spur Tony Parker wrote a goodbye letter to San Antonio and the Spurs family, ex-Spur Kawhi Leonard has done the same.

Leonard's exit from San Antonio had been tumultuous.

"Through ups and downs - glad there were many more ups!"

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar. "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", Leonard wrote.

Despite his success with the franchise, Leonard requested a trade this offseason, paving the way for the Raptors to acquire him in return for DeMar DeRozan. Leonard, who missed almost all of the 2017 season with the Spurs with a mysterious quad injury that plagued him throughout the year, was reportedly asking to be traded by the Spurs behind closed doors.

Leonard was a two-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Spurs.

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