Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs teammates and fans, Gregg Popovich in letter

Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs teammates and fans, Gregg Popovich in letter

In a letter submitted to the San Antonio Express-News, Leonard thanked the Spurs organization, his former teammates, coach Gregg Popovich and the team's fans.

Leonard didn't directly mention Toronto or the Raptors, but did say that he was "looking forward to the next chapter in my career". THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance.

Leonard was effusive in his praise of the Spurs' fans, who watched him blossom into one of the game's premier two-way players over the first seven seasons of his career.

He also thanked the fans (again). There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio.

Leonard obviously didn't address his supposedly frosty relationship with the San Antonio organization, but a few of his words - "through all the ups and downs" and "I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say" - seemed to at least suggest he's had a lot on his mind.

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"It's cool to see all the kids excited to hang out with us, and I'm excited to hang out with them", White said.

He was traded to the Raptors in July, along with Danny Green, in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

DeRozan openly criticized Masai Ujiri, claiming the Raptors president promised he wouldn't trade him.

There was speculation that Leonard would not play for Toronto, as his preference was to head to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers. 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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