Kawhi Leonard doesn't directly mention Raptors in letter thanking Spurs

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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.

As evidenced by his reaction to being traded from the Toronto Raptors, it would seem loyalty means quite a fair bit to DeMar DeRozan.

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". THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance.

"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career", Leonard wrote.

According to a report from Yahoo Sports, Leonard released a statement thanking the Spurs franchise and San Antonians, making it his first official statement since he was traded to the Toronto Raptors.

There was speculation that Leonard would not play for Toronto, as his preference was to head to Los Angeles and play for the Lakers.

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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.

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many more ups!" My family and I want to say THANK YOU to the entire Spurs organization and the people and fans of San Antonio.

Shortly after a meeting between Leonard and Popovich, the Spurs moved the two-time National Basketball Association defensive player of the year to the Raptors.

DeRozan, a lifelong Raptor, was dealt to the Spurs in July as part of a package for the disgruntled Leonard.

THANK YOU to the fans! The 27-year old forward only appeared in nine games last season due to injury, but all signs point to him being fully recovered and ready to go when the 2018-19 season gets underway.

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