Published: Fri, January 04, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kawhi Leonard wishes for different end to Spurs tenure

Kawhi Leonard wishes for different end to Spurs tenure

On the eve of Kawhi Leonard's anticipated return to San Antonio on Thursday, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich isn't thinking about what eventually led to his departure. I'm not every San Antonio fan will cheer Leonard, but I bet some who were on the fence about hot to receive him will take their cue from Popovich. One fan has a custom jersey that he's bringing to the game, and while petty, it's pretty amusing.

The Spurs traded Leonard in July after the forward requested the team move him, as the sides couldn't find resolution to issues arising throughout a season-long saga that involved the team and player disagreeing on aspects of his rehabilitation from a quadriceps injury.

But Leonard did admit he wishes the drama between he and the Spurs had played out differently.

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It remains clear that people associated with the Spurs are not happy with the way the situation went down last season, and that includes general manager R.C. Buford, who also included Danny Green in the deal for a return of DeRozan, centre Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.

"I put up blood, sweat and tears wearing that jersey.I put a lot of work (in) here", he said. That's what I hope. "We always have in the past". He did, however, say he'll likely feel different on February 22 when he finally returns to Toronto, where DeRozan played the first nine years of his career before the July trade. It doesn't surprise me at all, but I'm pleased for Kawhi and Danny to see them both doing well in Toronto.

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