Kawhi Leonard Breaks Silence, (Kind Of) Addresses Spurs Drama In Statement

Kawhi Leonard Breaks Silence, (Kind Of) Addresses Spurs Drama In Statement

"That trade right there shows you the difference between the San Antonio Spurs and other organizations".

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. Leonard gives a shoutout to his teammates "over my seven years in the National Basketball Association".

Kawhi Leonard released his first statement since the blockbuster trade that saw the Toronto Raptors land the star forward.

Leonard also utilized the "caps lock" feature to thank Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, who appeared to take a few veiled shots at the 27-year-old during the playoffs for not being with the team as he rehabbed a quad injury.

THANK YOU to the fans!

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

In a trade that sent shockwaves throughout the National Basketball Association, the Raptors acquired Leonard and three-point shooter Danny Green last month, while San Antonio received all-star DeMar DeRozan, backup centre Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. - I'll never forget what we shared and accomplished together.

Adding to this point, Gay, a former Raptor himself for all of 51 games, makes a direct comparison between the kind of honesty he's seen from the Spurs' organization and how Masai Ujiri and the Raptors run things.

Kawhi Leonard has been silent since being acquired by the Raptors from San Antonio as part a trade for DeMar DeRozan and isn't expected to address Toronto media until training camp in September.

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

Leonard demanded a trade this summer away from the only team he has known, after seven mostly brilliant seasons in San Antonio. The move reunites him with Gay, who played with DeRozan in Toronto for two seasons from 2013 to 2014.