The Spurs had a subtle difference in their goodbye messages to Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, and some believe it's a petty shot at the team's departing superstar

@Spurs / TwitterEyebrows were raised as the Spurs said farewell to superstar Kawhi Leonard.
  • The San Antonio Spurs traded beleaguered superstar Kawhi Leonard away to the Toronto Raptors along with Danny Green in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 pick.
  • After the deal was made official, the Spurs sent both Leonard and Green off with farewell posts from the team’s official Twitter account.
  • Some fans on social media noted the subtle difference between the goodbyes, and believed them to be a shot at Leonard.

After months of ongoing drama that became one of the oddest stories of the NBA season, Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs have gone their separate ways, with Leonard and teammate Danny Green being traded to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a 2019 pick.

Leonard, who not long ago was in the MVP conversation for his brilliant two-way play and the heir-apparent to Tim Duncan as the next Spurs-lifer, left the team on what could be generously described as contentious terms, after sitting out all but nine games of the 2017-18 season due to injury, and ongoing disputes with team doctors about the severity of those injuries.

Despite those circumstances, the Spurs wished Leonard well in a goodbye tweet sent from the team’s official account.

A similar tweet was sent out to Green, who was joining Leonard in the great venture up north.

While most might view both tweets as simple goodbyes for two players who helped bring a championship to the team, some Twitter users sensed a bit of pettiness on the part of the Spurs’ social team, due to the font size of Green’s thank you in comparison to Leonard’s.^tfw

It’s possible that the difference was intentional. It’s also possible that Leonard’s goodbye post just looked better with the words placed in the center. Regardless, head coach Gregg Popovich wished both players well as they left for Toronto while speaking with reporters after the news came out.

The trade puts the Raptors in an interesting position – with Leonard playing 100%, the team can compete for the Eastern Conference title, but they only have one season to do it, as Leonard is set to become a free agent in 2019.

The 2018-19 NBA season tips off this October.

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