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. The move reunites him with Gay, who played with DeRozan in Toronto for two seasons from 2013 to 2014.
Kawhi Leonard has spoken!
More than two weeks after being traded to the Raptors, Leonard broke his silence and submitted a letter to the San Antonio Express-News thanking the Spurs organization.
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.
"While I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my career, I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio", Leonard wrote.
"Through ups and downs - glad there were many more ups!"
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 didn't directly mention Toronto or the Raptors, but did say that he was "looking forward to the next chapter in my career".
Though some are more heartfelt and less robotic, thank-you letters by traded players rarely say much significantly.
"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.
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.
Leonard, through his camp, publicly announced that Los Angeles is his preferred destination with the Lakers as his priority.