"I want to be here", Leonard said.
He was vocal about his displeasure with Raptors management following the trade and with Monday marking Media Day around the National Basketball Association, he will likely offer comments to Spurs media at some point as well.
Leonard has won two defensive player of the year awards during his seven-season career.
At the start of the questioning, Leonard was asked what he wanted fans to know about him.
Kawhi Leonard spoke to the media for the first time since being traded to the Toronto Raptors today and, for what might be the first time ever, he actually laughed. "I love what I've seen so far", Nurse said. I mean, there's just more questions you'll have to ask me.
He said he'll get to know Leonard and is excited about the possibilities, goes way back with Green - since they played against each other many times as youths coming up on the New York/Philadelphia basketball scene, and has only one goal in mind: "Trying to win a gold ball (championship)". "I can't give you a spiel about me". "If you look over the future, you are going to trip over the present".
Green, a nine-season National Basketball Association veteran, has played with Leonard in San Antonio since 2011.
Leonard played only nine games for the Spurs last season because of a quad injury.
The Raptors will open up the season at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 17.
At the end of the day, the Raptors were able to acquire the services of one of the best players in the league today.