Kawhi Leonard has finally spoken.
Leonard also thanked his former teammates, Gregg Popovich and Spurs fans in the letter, and said he'll "never forget what we have shared and accomplished together". Leonard wrote in a letter to the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday.More news: Saudi Arabia’s diplomatic dispute with Canada: An explainer
However, Leonard is yet to comment since his trade away from San Antonio.
Spurs doctors had cleared Leonard to return to play last season, but he sought second opinions and did not return, making his health a question mark following the trade. He will have the ability to do so when he becomes an unrestricted free agent after this season, unless the Raptors can sell him on a long-term future in Toronto.
"I have been going back and forth the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say", Leonard wrote, "and it comes down to two simple words: THANK YOU!" For his career, the former 2013-14 Finals MVP averages 16.3 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds.More news: Open Championship Accidentally Pay The Wrong Tommy Fleetwood
Leonard was effusive in his praise of the Spurs' fans, who watched him blossom into one of the game's premier two-way players over the first seven seasons of his career.
THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance.
Outside of that, this is a pretty boilerplate "thank you" letter from the reserved forward as he starts his new chapter in Toronto.More news: Pence outlines plan for new Space Force by 2020
"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. "That trade right there shows you the difference between the San Antonio Spurs and other organizations".