Rudy Gay: Difference between Spurs, Raptors is ‘night and day’

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Leonard's exit from San Antonio had been tumultuous.

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.

One part of Leonard's statement includes a thank you to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, reading "THANK YOU Pop I'll always be grateful for my growth under your guidance".

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.

Outside of that, this is a pretty boilerplate "thank you" letter from the reserved forward as he starts his new chapter in Toronto. "I'll always remember the city and the people of San Antonio!". "I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together", Leonard wrote.

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Leonard was traded to Toronto last month in a deal that sent him and Danny Green to the Raptors, with guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick going back to San Antonio.

Adding to this point, Gay, a former Raptor himself for all of 51 games, makes a direct comparison between the kind of honesty he's seen from the Spurs' organization and how Masai Ujiri and the Raptors run things.

Leonard, if healthy, would give Toronto one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association and a true bonafide superstar. The Los Angeles native improved each season he was with the Spurs, developing into a one-time NBA Finals MVP, a two-time All-Star, a two-time member of the All-NBA First Team and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year.

However, questions remain about the status of a right leg injury that shelved him for all but nine games last season.

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