Kawhi Leonard thanks Spurs teammates and fans, Gregg Popovich in letter

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Kawhi Leonard thanked San Antonio and the Spurs in his first statement since being traded to the Toronto Raptors.

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

Leonard also thanked his former teammates, Gregg Popovich and Spurs fans in the letter, and said he'll "never forget what we have shared and accomplished together". Leonard gives a shoutout to his teammates "over my seven years in the National Basketball Association".

He was traded to the Raptors in July, along with Danny Green, in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

Rudy Gay re-signed with the San Antonio Spurs this offseason after having a successful return from a torn Achilles.

Though some are more heartfelt and less robotic, thank-you letters by traded players rarely say much significantly.

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. "I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio!".

"It's cool to see all the kids excited to hang out with us, and I'm excited to hang out with them", White said.

Just days after longtime Spur Tony Parker wrote a goodbye letter to San Antonio and the Spurs family, ex-Spur Kawhi Leonard has done the same.

Leonard demanded a trade this summer away from the only team he has known, after seven mostly brilliant seasons in San Antonio. Multiple reports indicated that Popovich and Leonard met in June but were apparently unable to fix the relationship between the club and the two-time defensive player of the year.

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

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