Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors breaks silence to thank San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors breaks silence to thank San Antonio Spurs

Leonard released a statement thanking the city of San Antonio and the Spurs organization, bidding adieu to the place he spent the first seven seasons of his career.

Leonard also utilized the "caps lock" feature to thank Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who appeared to take a few veiled shots at the 27-year-old during the playoffs for not being with the team as he rehabbed a quad injury.

THANK YOU to every one of my teammates I've played with over my seven years in the National Basketball Association.

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.

"There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio", he wrote.

Leonard was traded to Toronto last month in a deal that sent him and Danny Green to the Raptors, with guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick going back to San Antonio. - I'll never forget what we shared and accomplished together.

Gay says what separates the Spurs from other organizations and executives - including the subject to his subtext, Raptors president Masai Ujiri - was demonstrated in the circumstances that brought DeRozan to San Antonio.

While last season was one to forget for Leonard, his time in San Antonio will be better defined by his 2013-14 campaign, when he helped the Spurs capture their fifth National Basketball Association title while being named MVP of the Finals. He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on January 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury.

Kawhi Leonard hasn't spoken publicly in months, as he last met with the media prior to his self-imposed exile from the Spurs to NY to rehab his quad injury.

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