Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
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Kawhi Leonard pens thank you letter to San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard pens thank you letter to San Antonio Spurs

Kawhi Leonard released his first statement since the blockbuster trade that saw the Toronto Raptors land the star forward.

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.

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

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".

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


Kawhi Leonard finally addressed his exit from San Antonio weeks after being traded to the Toronto Raptors, and the former NBA Finals MVP saluted the Spurs' organization in a note to the city of San Antonio.

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

The Indiana Pacers selected Leonard with the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the Spurs traded for him on the same night in a deal involving George Hill.

While last season was one to forget for Leonard, his time in San Antonio will be better defined by his 2013-14 campaign, when he helped the Spurs capture their fifth National Basketball Association title while being named MVP of the Finals.

The 2018-2019 regular season for the National Basketball Association will tip off October 16, with the Spurs regular season schedule due out this Friday. 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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