Kawhi Leonard breaks silence to thank Spurs, Gregg Popovich

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Understated superstar Kawhi Leonard penned a farewell letter to San Antonio, thanking Spurs fans for their support as he starts anew as a member of the Toronto Raptors.

The statement is his first public address since the deal that sent him and Danny Green to Toronto for a package centred around guard DeMar DeRozan.

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 also reportedly thanked Coach Gregg Popovich, saying he would always be "grateful for [his] growth" under Pop's guidance.

If you are a Spurs fan, I don't know how any of this thank you letter comes off as honest to you.

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THANK YOU to the fans!

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

New NBA jerseys for newly acquired Toronto Raptors player Kawhi Leonard hang in the Real Sports Apparel store at the Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, Friday July 20, 2018.

In his tenure with the Spurs, Leonard was an NBA champion, an NBA Finals MVP, and the Spurs made it to at least the Western Conference Finals in four of his seven seasons. The once-again teammates have shared the floor in Drew League action this summer, and will look to improve on their rather ineffectual run with the Raptors back in 2013 this upcoming season as Spurs.

"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. He only appeared in nine games last season before sitting out the entire campaign due to a quad injury.

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