Kawhi Leonard released a statement thanking the Spurs organization and the San Antonio community following being traded to the Toronto Raptors earlier this summer, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

"Through all the ups and downs - I'm glad there were many ups! - I'll never forget what we have shared and accomplished together," the statement reads, in part.

Shams Charania of Yahoo tweeted the statement early Thursday morning, citing that it is the first statement Leonard has made since the trade.

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Leonard also reportedly thanked Coach Gregg Popovich, saying he would always be "grateful for [his] growth" under Pop's guidance.

Many Twitter users are reacting to the statement that came weeks after the trade.

Kawhi reportedly said he has been "going back and forth over the last few weeks trying to figure out the right things to say."