Asked why he wanted out of San Antonio, Leonard said, "I'm not going to discuss that here today". "I'm just looking at what is in front of us right now".
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.
"I think that goes with the kind of people the community of San Antonio are, and the class, and how family oriented the city is".
However, Spurs coach Popovich was in no mood to revisit the circumstances of Leonard's departure on Wednesday.
While it's been over five months since the trade, according to DeRozan, he felt comfortable in San Antonio "once I got here and got a chance to feel the acceptance from the fans, from the organization, and just [got] comfortable with my teammates". "We always have in the past so we'll see". "When we traded them and brought in DeMar and Jakob, we had very high expectations for them both as players and individuals, and they've both far exceeded our expectations". That's what I hope. 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.
LaMarcus Aldridge feels differently.