Kawhi Leonard speaks for first time since trade to Raptors

Kawhi Leonard speaks for first time since trade to Raptors

It's interesting to note that while Leonard said he's "looking forward to the next chapter" of his career, he didn't specifically mention his new city, or his new team.

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. Leonard gives a shoutout to his teammates "over my seven years in the National Basketball Association". There is not a more passionate or dedicated fan base than what I've witnessed in San Antonio. "That trade right there shows you the difference between the San Antonio Spurs and other organizations".

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!" He appeared in nine games for the Spurs in 2017-18, last playing on January 13 before sitting out the rest of the season with a quad injury. 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.

"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.

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 should be proud of what he accomplished in San Antonio, winning Finals MVP during the 2014 championship season and growing from a mid-first-round-pick into strong a regular-season MVP candidate.

Leonard's first home game as a member of the Toronto Raptors will come on Friday, October 19, when they host the Boston Celtics in a nationally televised contest airing on ESPN.