Monday, 22 October, 2018

Kawhi Leonard makes 1st public comments since trade to Toronto Raptors

NBA trade news Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has taken a gamble on trading for Kawhi Leonard NBA trade news Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has taken a gamble on trading for Kawhi Leonard
Shannon Reynolds | 10 August, 2018, 07:03

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

Gay says what separates the Spurs from other organizations and executives - including the subject to his subtext, Raptors president Masai Ujiri - was demonstrated in the circumstances that brought DeRozan to San Antonio.

Leonard singled out Spurs coach Gregg Popovich in the letter, saying "I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

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

Outside of that, this is a pretty boilerplate "thank you" letter from the reserved forward as he starts his new chapter in Toronto. There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio.

After announcing that he didn't want to play for the Spurs anymore, Leonard was traded alongside Danny Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poltl, and a protected 2019 first round draft pick.

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"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!" - I'll never forget what we shared and accomplished together.

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.

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 native of Los Angeles has yet to speak publicly since the trade, which came at his request after a tumultuous 2017-18 season in which he was limited to just nine games because of an injury to his right quadriceps.

Leonard demanded a trade this summer away from the only team he has known, after seven mostly brilliant seasons in San Antonio.

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