Kawhi Leonard pens letter thanking Spurs, Gregg Popovich

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Leonard had a bitter exit from San Antonio after he requested for a trade for his lack of trust in the Spurs organization.

Leonard's statement wasn't particularly long, but it was direct.

Just because Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio doesn't mean he isn't grateful for his time as a Spur.

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

Leonard - who now plays for the Toronto Raptors - thanked his the Spurs organization and the San Antonio community for the successful years they had together.

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Spurs guard Derrick White knows that he'll be in line for a bigger role next season, and he's eager to take on the challenge. But that is all going to start with his health.

Most notably, Leonard would single out head coach Gregg Popovich by name. "And it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!"

Leonard has not made a long-term commitment to the Raptors and is expected to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency next summer. "I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio!".

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!"

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. He was a first-team All-NBA player in 2016 and 2017, and is likely one of the five best players in the league when healthy. 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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