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Leonard breaks silence to thank Spurs and Popovich

12 August 2018, 01:46 | Charlene Valdez

The Lakers will reportedly not offer up Kyle Kuzma Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram

The Lakers will reportedly not offer up Kyle Kuzma Lonzo Ball or Brandon Ingram

If there's one thing Raptors fans have learned about Kawhi Leonard since last month's shocking trade, it's that he's not much of a talker. Leonard, who missed almost all of the 2017 season with the Spurs with a mysterious quad injury that plagued him throughout the year, was reportedly asking to be traded by the Spurs behind closed doors.

Leonard goes on to thank his teammates, his friends, his family, Gregg Popovich and, of course, the fans.

Leonard also expressed his gratitude to Spurs head coach Greg Popovich who mentored him for seven seasons. THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance.

If you are a Spurs fan, I don't know how any of this thank you letter comes off as honest to you.

"There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio", he wrote.

"It makes my day", said Walker on his first official duty with the Spurs since he was drafted by the Silver and Black at 18th overall.

The forward has released his first statement since being part of a trade that ended his seven-year stint in San Antonio.

However, questions remain about the status of a right leg injury that shelved him for all but nine games last season.

"Through ups and downs - glad there were many more ups!"

Leonard has not made a long-term commitment to the Raptors and is expected to be a target of the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency next summer. "I'll never forget I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", he wrote.

If it's loyalty, honesty and compassion that DeMar DeRozan desires from his employer, Rudy Gay believes his move to the Spurs will suit the volume scorer just fine.

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