Kawhi Leonard finally breaks silence with Spurs goodbye

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2018

Leonard released a statement thanking the city of San Antonio and the Spurs organization, bidding adieu to the place he spent the first seven seasons of his career.

DeRozan has been very candid about the blockbuster trade that sent him to San Antonio, exposing his entire grieving cycle from throwing shade at his former team to accepting his new future.

Kawhi reportedly said he has been "going back and forth over the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say".

Leonard had a bitter exit from San Antonio after he requested for a trade for his lack of trust in the Spurs organization.

One part of Leonard's statement includes a thank you to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, reading "THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

Leonard also thanked each of his teammates during his seven year stay with the franchise.

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But he finally opened up - I use that phrasing loosely - in a letter to the San Antonio Express-News.

THANK YOU to the fans! The 27-year old forward only appeared in nine games last season due to injury, but all signs point to him being fully recovered and ready to go when the 2018-19 season gets underway.

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

Leonard last played for the Spurs on January 13.

Kawhi Leonard hasn't spoken publicly in months, as he last met with the media prior to his self-imposed exile from the Spurs to NY to rehab his quad injury.

While Leonard rarely speaks publicly on his intentions, the belief among most pundits is that he wants to join the Los Angeles Lakers.

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