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

10 August 2018

Kawhi Leonard has finally released a statement for the Spurs organization.

If there's one thing Raptors fans have learned about Kawhi Leonard since last month's shocking trade, it's that he's not much of a talker.

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.

"THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance", Leonard wrote.

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

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

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!"

"The best part about San Antonio, they do right by you", the Spurs forward said, according to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant.

There was speculation that Leonard would not play for Toronto, as his preference was to head to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers. For DeMar, it's another country, so I kind of feel for him. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 2014 after leading the Spurs to a championship but his relationship with the team deteriorated last season to the point where he asked for a trade. 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.

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.

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