Additionally, Nurse said he traveled to San Diego a few times during the offseason to watch Leonard play, and was unsurprisingly impressed. "I came here with an open mind".
The normally stoic forward poked fun at himself at his first media appearance as a Raptor, quipping, "I'm a fun guy".
Leonard says his focus "is on this year, this group that I have and striving to get to a championship".
"If you look toward the future, you're going to trip over the present", Leonard said, somewhat philosophically. I'm excited, knowing that I'm coming to a city that loves basketball. As long as I have on a jersey, I want to play basketball. The Raptors sent guard DeMar DeRozan, center Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in 2019 to San Antonio for Leonard and veteran Danny Green.
When asked if he views his time with the Raptors as a long-term commitment, Leonard said he views it as a day-to-day process.
Asked his reaction to coming to Toronto, Leonard said, "Excited".
He only appeared in nine games last season due to injury, but averaged a career-high 25.5 points per game in the previous season, in addition to 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He puts the hours in.
He was vocal about his displeasure with Raptors management following the trade and with Monday marking Media Day around the National Basketball Association, he will likely offer comments to Spurs media at some point as well. He will become an unrestricted free agent after the season.