The trading in of Kawhi Leonard by the Spurs in July was a surprise to everyone. Leonard was having a pretty good relationship with the club and he said that the Spurs “meant a lot” to him.
The Relationship with The Spurs!
In a recent interview, Kawhi said that he really wishes that things wouldn’t have gone that way. The Toronto Raptors wing revealed that he really misses his time with the Spurs and the club was like a family to him.
He went all emotional saying how he put in his sweat, blood and tears in the Spurs jersey. But then again, he didn’t say anything regarding why he left San Antonio.
The Raptors will be facing the Spurs on Thursday and this is going to be extremely awkward for Leonard. He was speechless when asked about the receiving which he will get from the fan of Spurs.
Still No Clarity on the trading
However, there’s still no clarity as to why The Spurs traded Leonard back in July 2018. Some say that Leonard was requesting the team to move him. But the forward didn’t make any comments on it. He said, “I am not going to discuss it here today.” The Raptors wing did say that he wishes that all those dramas which happened between him and Spurs didn’t happen.
The Spurs had a special farewell ceremony for both Leonard and Spurs recognizing their crucial contribution to the team. But again, they didn’t want to make this tribute a big deal cause they don’t want a negative reaction from Leonard.
The two-time Defensive Player of the Year did say that negative reactions do nothing but improve the performance of any player.
The interview concluded with Leonard saying that whatever happened has happened. And he is now looking forward to a great season ahead. He is really optimistic about the fact that he and Green will be received well in their new teams.
Source- ESPN, Sporting News