Just because Kawhi Leonard wanted out of San Antonio doesn't mean he isn't grateful for his time as a Spur.
After announcing that he didn't want to play for the Spurs anymore, Leonard was traded alongside Danny Green to the Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poltl, and a protected 2019 first round draft pick.
Leonard also thanked his former teammates, Gregg Popovich and Spurs fans in the letter, and said he'll "never forget what we have shared and accomplished together".
Shortly after a meeting between Leonard and Popovich, the Spurs moved the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year to the Raptors.
"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career", Leonard wrote.
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Leonard's exit from San Antonio had been tumultuous.
Though some are more heartfelt and less robotic, thank-you letters by traded players rarely say much significantly.
Leonard obviously didn't address his supposedly frosty relationship with the San Antonio organization, but a few of his words - "through all the ups and downs" and "I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say" - seemed to at least suggest he's had a lot on his mind.
"It's cool to see all the kids excited to hang out with us, and I'm excited to hang out with them", White said. The Los Angeles native improved each season he was with the Spurs, developing into a one-time NBA Finals MVP, a two-time All-Star, a two-time member of the All-NBA First Team and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.
The 2018-2019 regular season for the National Basketball Association will tip off October 16, with the Spurs regular season schedule due out this Friday. The move reunites him with Gay, who played with DeRozan in Toronto for two seasons from 2013 to 2014.