Raptors’ Leonard plays it cool before date with Spurs

Raptors’ Leonard plays it cool before date with Spurs

Raptors’ Leonard plays it cool before date with Spurs

In July previous year, DeRozan was traded to the Spurs along with Raptors teammate Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. While Raptors fans have embraced Leonard with open arms, chanting "MVP" repeatedly for him ever since his first game in Toronto, they still have love for DeRozan. "Everybody's anticipating the game".

"He's continuing to develop slowly but surely for us", said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse. "But I embraced it and enjoyed the moment, and it's only going to make me better".

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan talks to the media during USA Basketball's minicamp Thursday, July 26, 2018, at the Mendenhall Center on the campus of UNLV.

"I hope they react just as well and the same that they do with any other ex-teammate that comes back", Mills said. It doesn't matter who we're playing. I'm hoping one thing.

"I felt badly about it", Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. The former Celtics guard's return to Boston went much better than Leonard's trip to San Antonio, though: C's fans gave Thomas a standing ovation during Boston's January 3, 2018 matchup with his Cleveland Cavaliers.

"That's why I probably don't feel it as much now, probably Toronto for sure".

And that might be the best thing to come of the night.

Leonard requested a trade in June amidst reports of tension between his representatives and the Spurs' front office.

But the underrated part of the Leonard deal for the Raptors is Danny Green, and not just for his individual value, but for what he's provided in the adjustment period for Leonard. "We'll see tonight, I don't know".

Toronto was without Kyle Lowry, who missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain. "And I think it'll be good for us".

DeRozan, meanwhile, told reporters Wednesday he hadn't thought much of Thursday's reunion.

DeRozan had played 764 career games, 675 with the Raptors alone, before accomplishing the milestone.

"Obviously, I had an inside scoop on the type of player he is and what kind of person he is".

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