Kawhi Leonard finally breaks silence with Spurs goodbye

NBA trade news Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has taken a gamble on trading for Kawhi Leonard

NBA trade news Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has taken a gamble on trading for Kawhi Leonard

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".

Kawhi Leonard has spoken!

Leonard didn't directly mention Toronto or the Raptors, but did say that he was "looking forward to the next chapter in my career".

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My family and I want to say THANK YOU to the entire Spurs organization and the people and fans of San Antonio.

Spurs top draft pick Lonnie Walker IV teamed up with his new Spurs teammate Derrick White on Wednesday off the court for the first time to take 60 deserving children from the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio on a back-to-school shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

In a trade that sent shockwaves throughout the National Basketball Association, the Raptors acquired Leonard and three-point shooter Danny Green last month, while San Antonio received all-star DeMar DeRozan, backup centre Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

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Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play last season, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade.

Leonard was a two-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Spurs. He will have the ability to do so when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season, unless the Raptors can sell him on a long-term future in Toronto. Leonard gives a shoutout to his teammates "over my seven years in the National Basketball Association". "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", Leonard wrote.

Before saying one final thank you, Leonard says, "I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio".

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

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