Kawhi Leonard Posts First Message Since Raptors/Spurs Trade

Kawhi Leonard Posts First Message Since Raptors/Spurs Trade

Kawhi Leonard's first public statement since being part of a blockbuster National Basketball Association trade last month is full of thanks but short on explanations.

As evidenced by his reaction to being traded from the Toronto Raptors, it would seem loyalty means quite a fair bit to DeMar DeRozan.

In his letter, Leonard praised former coach Gregg Popovich, saying he will "always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career", Leonard wrote.

One of the most talked about moves this offseason in the National Basketball Association has been the blockbuster Kawhi Leonard trade between the San Antonio Spurs and the Toronto Raptors.

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There have been multiple reports as to how Leonard received the trade to the Raptors, ranging from having no desire to play in Toronto to being excited about the move and potentially being open to to sticking around long-term. Spurs doctors cleared him to return, but Leonard's own team did not, and as Leonard sat, his relationship with the Spurs grew colder.

Leonard has one year and a player option left on his current deal and is set to make $20.1 million in 2018-19.

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

"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career, I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio", Leonard wrote.

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. There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio. - I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together.

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