Kawhi Leonard pens thank you letter to San Antonio Spurs


Spurs top draft pick Lonnie Walker IV teamed up with his new Spurs teammate Derrick White on Wednesday off the court for the first time to take 60 deserving children from the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio on a back-to-school shopping spree at Academy Sports and Outdoors.

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 has one year and a player option left on his current deal and is set to make $20.1 million in 2018-19. Leonard wrote in a letter to the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday.

In his letter, Leonard praised former coach Gregg Popovich, saying he will "always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

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

He also thanked the city of San Antonio, his former teammates and the fans.

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"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!" - I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together.

"The best part about San Antonio, they do right by you", the Spurs forward said, according to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant.

Leonard, 27, had an impressive seven-year run with San Antonio with two All-NBA First Team selections, two Defensive Player of the Year awards and a championship in 2014.

Despite his success with the franchise, Leonard requested a trade this offseason, paving the way for the Raptors to acquire him in return for DeMar DeRozan.

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.