Kawhi Leonard Posts First Message Since Raptors/Spurs Trade

10 Agosto, 2018, 07:02 | Author: Thomas Hicks
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But the 27-year-old didn't mention the Raptors in the letter, writing only that he was "looking forward to the next chapter in my career".

Popovich and Leonard appeared to have a fractured relationship at times during the Leonard's final year in San Antonio, when the disgruntled forward suited up for just nine games due to injury. THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance. My family and I want to say THANK YOU to the entire Spurs organization and the people and fans of San Antonio.

He also thanked the fans (again).

The Spurs then dealt him to Toronto on July 18 for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio. "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", he said.

Adding to this point, Gay, a former Raptor himself for all of 51 games, makes a direct comparison between the kind of honesty he's seen from the Spurs' organization and how Masai Ujiri and the Raptors run things.

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

That's why, if his new San Antonio Spurs teammate Rudy Gay is to be believed, the Raptors' franchise scoring leader should be excited about going to his new team.

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar.

Leonard demanded a trade this summer away from the only team he has known, after seven mostly brilliant seasons in San Antonio. He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on January 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury.

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