Kawhi Leonard pens thank you letter to San Antonio Spurs

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On Thursday, Leonard broke his silence via a release and offered many thanks to the Spurs organization, his teammates, the fans, and Gregg Popovich for everything over the past seven seasons.

It's interesting to note that while Leonard said he's "looking forward to the next chapter" of his career, he didn't specifically mention his new city, or his new team.

"I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say", Leonard wrote, "and it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!" Leonard gives a shoutout to his teammates "over my seven years in the National Basketball Association".

In a trade that sent shockwaves throughout the National Basketball Association, the Raptors acquired Leonard and three-point shooter Danny Green last month, while San Antonio received all-star DeMar DeRozan, backup centre Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

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Outside of that, this is a pretty boilerplate "thank you" letter from the reserved forward as he starts his new chapter in Toronto. "That trade right there shows you the difference between the San Antonio Spurs and other organizations". "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", Leonard wrote.

There was speculation that Leonard would not play for Toronto, as his preference was to head to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers.

The Indiana Pacers selected Leonard with the 15th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, but the Spurs traded for him on the same night in a deal involving George Hill.

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar. The two sides have had tumultuous relationship in the past year, as Leonard played just nine games last season due to a quad injury.

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