All-Star forward Kawhi Leonard said at the Toronto Raptors’ media day on Monday that he wants to concentrate on this season, not his future.
“I want to play in Toronto,” Leonard said. “I came in with an open mind. I want to do great things and focus on this year. If you’re looking toward the future, you’re going to trip over the present.”
Asked about his long-term goals, Leonard said he wants to “play a long, healthy career, and be happy wherever I land.”
Leonard, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, was traded to the Raptors this July by the San Antonio Spurs. He played only nine games for the Spurs last season due to injury. His relationship with the team was also strained, and late in the season he told the club that he wanted to leave the team.
“I have no regrets. I just want to focus on this team, this journey that we have in front of you today, and just stay in the present time, and not look back,” he added.
However, Leonard will be a free agent next summer and it’s reported that he’s interested in signing with the Los Angeles Lakers or LA Clippers in future.