Kawhi Leonard releases first statement thanking Spurs
Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard released his first statement since being part of a blockbuster trade that ended his seven-year stint with the San Antonio Spurs — a run that held astronomical potential yet ended abruptly and even left a bad taste in the mouth.
While it’s now been several weeks since the trade that sent DeMar DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl to the Spurs in exchange for Leonard and Danny Green, The Klaw thanked the organization, his teammates, the fan base, and coach Gregg Popovich — who took him under his wing.
Kawhi Leonard releases first statements since trade to Toronto, saying goodbye to San Antonio and the Spurs: pic.twitter.com/XxSUEwbrQ6
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 9, 2018
Leonard has yet to speak publicly with the media, and the expectation is that he will remain quiet until the Raptors’ media availability day, in which he will likely be plastered with questions about the trade and how it came about. Then again, Leonard has been notoriously a man of few words.
This time will be different, though, as he has never faced as big an issue ever before his falling apart with the Spurs began.
The 2014 Finals MVP passed his physical, which made the trade official, but recently turned down an invite to USA Basketball minicamp in hopes to focus on his full recovery and adapt to his new team.