To mark the occasion, Leonard teamed up with New Balance for a huge billboard in the city's downtown square that reads "Thank You Toronto".
Speaking on the court on Wednesday, Leonard reflected on his time in Toronto and said he had flashbacks while driving back to Scotiabank Arena.
Billboards reading "Board man gets his ring", "Fun Guy in town" and "Thank you Toronto" were put up overnight ahead of the National Basketball Association superstar's return.
As the clock winds down to the Raptors game against the Los Angeles Clippers on December 11, the thing on everybody's mind is the return of Kawhi Leonard. They're probably not as good as that Raptors squad - it's debatable - but they're deeper when fully healthy, which helps in the regular season. "They don't want to be cheering for a player that's on the opposing team".
"Gave it big consideration", Leonard said of possibly re-signing with Toronto. I didn't hurry up and make a quick decision.More news: Nominations for the SAG 2020 awards: all the slights and surprises
Leonard is slated to receive his championship ring from the Raptors before Wednesday's game, and the franchise has asked fans to show up earlier than usual for the moment.
"He fulfilled his promise, " Rivers said. "They are still rooting for the Raptors".
A day before tipoff, head coach Nick Nurse said he expects "an awesome ovation" from Raptors fans as Leonard steps back onto the court at Scotiabank Arena.
"I think it looks nice, " Leonard said.
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"I've seen it in pictures, not in person", Leonard said of the ring. Rivers even said that if he were part of the Raptors' fan base, he'd be ready to retire Leonard's jersey on the same night after delivering a championship.
VanVleet was injured in the first half of Sunday's game and did not return.
"I wore it a few times and then kept it in a safe place". In his 18 appearances thus far, he has racked up averages of 25.1 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the field (33.0 percent from beyond the arc), 7.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.9 steals in 31.1 minutes per outing.
Toronto played without the injured Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka that night.More news: ADB trims India's GDP growth forecast to 5.1% in FY20