Kawhi Leonard breaks silence on trade that brought him to Toronto

Posted September 25, 2018

"If you look at the future, you are going to trip on the present". I came here with an open mind.

The Spurs gained Toronto's franchise player DeMar DeRozan and young big man Jakob Poeltl in the trade.

Leonard left the Spurs in the summer after his relationship with the front office and coach Gregg Popovich broke down over a right quad injury.

Leonard had not spoken with media until Monday morning but Ujiri had said all summer that he's not concerned about the 27-year-old's commitment to Canada's lone National Basketball Association franchise, saying Leonard worked out with Toronto's coaches in Los Angeles, and has visited the city a couple of times.

Asked to tell a little bit about himself, he said, "I'm a fun guy. I want to do great things, so I'm going to make sure that I put my all effort on the court, each and every night, and by winning games this is how you get star-calibre players to want to come here and play".

At the start of the questioning, Leonard was asked what he wanted fans to know about him.

"I love what I've seen so far", Nurse said.

In more serious moments, Leonard indicated he knew that people want to know his future plans, but said he's more focused on the here and now.

As to his time with the Spurs, Leonard said he didn't have any regrets, but didn't dive into the drama surrounding his exit. I think that's old and we should move past that.

"I was to focus on the present time and not look back". I'm excited, knowing that I'm coming to a city that loves basketball.