Kawhi Leonard pens letter thanking Spurs, Gregg Popovich

NBA trade news Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors last month

In addition to Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who were traded to Toronto, the Spurs bid farewell to Tony Parker and Kyle Anderson in free agency.

"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.

Leonard's opening statement is about as Leonard as it gets.

He says he and his family (re: Uncle Dennis) want to thank the Spurs organization and "the people and fans of San Antonio".

Leonard was a two-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Spurs. But that is all going to start with his health.

If you are a Spurs fan, I don't know how any of this thank you letter comes off as honest to you.

Leonard also expressed his gratitude to Spurs head coach Greg Popovich who mentored him for seven seasons.

Leonard is known as a very private and quiet athlete, but on Thursday he did release his first statement and while it's full of "thank you's" towards his former club, there's no mention about his new team.

Kawhi Leonard has been silent since being acquired by the Raptors from San Antonio as part a trade for DeMar DeRozan and isn't expected to address Toronto media until training camp in September. "I'll never forget I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", he wrote.

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar. The 27-year old forward only appeared in nine games last season due to injury, but all signs point to him being fully recovered and ready to go when the 2018-19 season gets underway.

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