Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs in first statement since trade to Raptors

NBA trade news Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors last month NBA trade news Kawhi Leonard joined the Toronto Raptors last month
Cary Erickson | 10 August, 2018, 12:55

Despite his success with the franchise, Leonard requested a trade this offseason, paving the way for the Raptors to acquire him in return for DeMar DeRozan.

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

Leonard has one year and a player option left on his current deal and is set to make $20.1 million in 2018-19. "That trade right there shows you the difference between the San Antonio Spurs and other organizations".

He also thanked the fans (again). "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!" "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", he said.

DeRozan openly criticized Masai Ujiri, claiming the Raptors president promised he wouldn't trade him.

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Kawhi Leonard thanks the Spurs' fans and organization and said he is looking forward to the "next chapter" in his National Basketball Association career in his first comments since being traded form San Antonio to Toronto this summer.

There have been multiple reports as to how Leonard received the trade to the Raptors, ranging from having no desire to play in Toronto to being excited about the move and potentially being open to to sticking around long-term.

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

Leonard, 27, had an impressive seven-year run with San Antonio with two All-NBA First Team selections, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and a championship in 2014.

However, questions remain about the status of a right leg injury that shelved him for all but nine games last season.