Kawhi Leonard and Gregg Popovich shared a special moment after final whistle

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MORE: How is the DeRozan-Leonard trade working out for both teams? "I put [in] a lot of work here".

"This was really disappointing for all of us, from Pop and our program to our players", Spurs general manager R.C. Buford told ESPN.

It's easier to joke about the pending reunion because there was nothing amusing about the breakup.

The circumstances surrounding Leonard's final season in San Antonio still are shrouded in mystery. It wasn't long ago that Leonard looked to be the face of San Antonio's future - the player who would take the baton from Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and continue the Spurs dynasty.

Neither side has offered any details on the saga - a stance that continues.

"He's continuing to develop slowly but surely for us", said Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

Every time he touched the rock, went to the basket, or did basically anything during warmups, the crowd jeered their former All-Star like he stole all their mothers' lunch money. It's of no effect at this point, and it does no good to go backward and talk about this, that or the other. The situation was clearly contained and there was never any threat of an altercation, but there's certainly some animosity between the Leonard family and San Antonio at this juncture. He and Popovich embraced following the game.

"Yeah, it's going to be fun", Leonard said. "Everybody's anticipating the game". "So I already knew that's how it was going to be". DeRozan is averaging just over 23 points a night, but lately has been stealing Lowry's game plan and bumping his assist totals.

DeRozan is having his best season for rebounds (5.9) and assists (6.3) and his 22.9 points per game is within range of his career high of 23.5 points.

Doug Smith is a sports reporter based in Toronto.

San Antonio (21-17) has rallied from a poor start to win 10 of its last 13 to close within 4 1/2 games of the top spot in the West. What was interestingly noticeable about the video was how the Spurs broke up highlight clips of Leonard and Green, so that the fans couldn't boo throughout the entire segment. There is a faction that believes he will receive a warm welcome while others expect a stiff chorus of boos. "So I felt badly, in all honesty". San Antonio is one of the league's best 3-point shooting teams but is very selective as the shooting comes at a low volume.

"I'm hoping one thing, I can predict or guess another", Green had said earlier in the day. "He's been a great teammate".

Fans felt Leonard was a traitor for selling out San Antonio that quickly.

This was Kawhi's first contest back after he was traded to Toronto in the summer.

DeMar DeRozan took his game to new heights in his first contest against a Raptors organization he spent his first nine National Basketball Association seasons with. But there wasn't [any] emotions, wasn't emotional at all for me. "I couldn't answer your questions about it right now".

"While I'm sure it wasn't easy for Kawhi or anyone, we wish him well with the future of his career".

Said Popovich: "A lot of people, because of the trade, will add fuel to it and try to make it this, that and the other, and that's fine".

"You don't get this opportunity to be loved in one place and then come somewhere else, and be loved just as much, accepted so quick", DeRozan said. So it doesn't matter what we say. "I could predict or guess another", said Danny Green.

"Obviously, I had an inside scoop on the type of player he is and what kind of person he is. And I think it'll be good for us".

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