Kawhi Leonard of Toronto Raptors breaks silence to thank San Antonio Spurs

Rex Christensen
August 9, 2018

In an interview this week with the Hartford Courant's Don Amore, the San Antonio Spurs forward praised his current team for their handling of the Kawhi Leonard situation while shading the Toronto Raptors for not offering the same courtesy to DeMar DeRozan.

Spurs top draft pick Lonnie Walker IV teamed up with his new Spurs teammate Derrick White on Wednesday off the court for the first time to take 60 deserving children from the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio on a back-to-school shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

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

While Leonard rarely speaks publicly on his intentions, the belief among most pundits is that he wants to join the Los Angeles Lakers. He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on January 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury.

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There have been multiple reports as to how Leonard received the trade to the Raptors, ranging from having no desire to play in Toronto to being excited about the move and potentially being open to to sticking around long-term.

DeRozan, a lifelong Raptor, was dealt to the Spurs in July as part of a package for the disgruntled Leonard. He was the Finals MVP in 2014 when the Spurs beat the Miami Heat in five games for the title.

"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career, I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio!". There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio. - I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together.

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