Kawhi thanks SA in 1st statement since trade

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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.

Just days after longtime Spur Tony Parker wrote a goodbye letter to San Antonio and the Spurs family, ex-Spur Kawhi Leonard has done the same.

"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 word: THANK YOU!"

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!"

Leonard has one year and a player option left on his current deal and is set to make $20.1 million in 2018-19.

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THANK YOU to the fans! "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", Leonard wrote.

Toronto acquired Leonard guard Danny Green in a blockbuster trade on July 18 that sent DeMar DeRozan - who was the popular face of the Raptors franchise - as well as emerging centre Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick to Texas.

DeRozan openly criticized Masai Ujiri, claiming the Raptors president promised he wouldn't trade him. Leonard, who was craving Los Angeles, reportedly was not happy to be shipped out of the country, and his letter did not address the Raptors.

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar. 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.

During his six seasons in San Antonio, Leonard was a two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to winning an NBA championship and NBA Finals MVP in 2014.

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