Published: Sat, August 11, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Kawhi thanks Pop, Spurs fans in farewell letter

Kawhi thanks Pop, Spurs fans in farewell letter

Leonard - who submitted a letter to the San Antonio Express-News - thanked the Spurs organization, its fans and head coach Gregg Popovich.

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

Leonard is known as a very private and quiet athlete, but on Thursday he did release his first statement and while it's full of "thank you's" towards his former club, there's no mention about his new team.

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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.

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

"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career", Leonard wrote.

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

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"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 2014 Finals MVP played only nine games last season, after being sidelined with a nagging right quad injury.

Leonard was a two-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Spurs. 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.

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