Kawhi Leonard breaks silence to thank Spurs, Gregg Popovich

New Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard summed up his farewell to San Antonio and the Spurs in two words: “Thank you.”

In a letter submitted to the San Antonio Express-News, Leonard thanked the Spurs organization, his former teammates, coach Gregg Popovich and the team’s fans.

“I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say, and it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!” Leonard wrote.

Leonard’s exit from San Antonio had been tumultuous. He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on Jan. 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury.

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.

Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play last season, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade. But he passed a physical to make the deal official.

In his letter, Leonard praised Popovich, saying

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/24328005/kawhi-leonard-toronto-raptors-breaks-silence-thank-san-antonio-spurs

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