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Kawhi Leonard published an open letter in the San Antonio Express-News several weeks after his trade from the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors.
Leonard, who requested a trade from the Spurs this summer, thanked the Spurs organization, head coach Gregg Popovich and the fans.
I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say, and it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!
My family and I want to say THANK YOU to the entire Spurs organization and the people and fans of San Antonio.
THANK YOU to every one of my teammates I’ve played with over my seven years in the NBA.
THANK YOU Pop I’ll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance.
THANK YOU to the fans! There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I’ve witnessed in San Antonio.
Through all the ups and downs – I’m glad there were many more ups! – I’ll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together.
While I’m looking forward to the next chapter in my career, I’ll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio! THANK YOU!
– Kawhi Leonard
Leonard will become an unrestricted free agent after this season. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year only played in nine games this past season due to a lingering quadriceps injury.
The Raptors can offer Leonard almost $50 million more than any other team in 2019, including a fifth year.