Kawhi Leonard breaks silence, says he's excited to be a Raptor

24 Septembre, 2018, 21:02 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Leonard finally addressed the media at a jam-packed news conference, the first time he's spoken publicly since the blockbuster trade that sent DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

While Raptors fans certainly would have loved for Leonard to say he plans on being in Toronto for the rest of his career, he was much more reserved in his response.

"Excited, knowing I'm coming to a great organization and a great city that loves basketball", Leonard said of his initial reaction to the deal. "I came here with an open mind".

The Toronto Raptors held their annual media day this morning and, as you'd expect, all eyeballs were on their prized off-season acquisition Kawhi Leonard.

"If you look toward the future, you're going to trip over the present", Leonard said, somewhat philosophically.

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"The narrative of not wanting to come to this city is gone", said Ujiri, who interjected into a question directed at Green and Leonard.

Leonard played only nine games for the Spurs last season because of a quad injury.

Additionally, Nurse said he traveled to San Diego a few times during the offseason to watch Leonard play, and was unsurprisingly impressed. "My focus is on this year, this role that I have and us trying to get to a championship".

At the end of the day, the Raptors were able to acquire the services of one of the best players in the league today. "I always ride or die for my teammates", he said, adding that his relationship with DeRozan is "bigger than basketball".

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