Neither side has offered any details on the saga - a stance that continues.
"I'm looking forward to it", Raptors coach Nick Nurse said hours before tip-off. "We're not going to redo what's happened in the past in any way, shape or form". It's of no effect at this point, it does no good to go backwards and talk about this, that or the other.
Thomas says the fans who booed Leonard should not have done so and should have respected him for all of the years playing in San Antonio. Like Popovich, Leonard views Thursday's matchup as another game and another chance to improve.
So it's not a surprise that fans saw Leonard as a family member. "Everybody is anticipating the game".
The trade is working out well for both teams - for now.
The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.
'I felt badly about it, ' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "We always have in the past, so we'll see".
Asked about the possibility that Leonard could be booed by Spurs fans, Popovich said he hoped the former NBA Finals MVP would be given an easy ride. So, his departure is personal to many fans in San Antonio. "He's been a great teammate".
One thing is for certain, though: you can put all of your money on DeRozan getting at least a slightly warmer reception than Kawhi did in San Antonio.
One day ahead of the meeting, he was unsure if the game would be emotional but Thursday night had all the components of an emotional game.
After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead. DeRozan, who has said he felt betrayed by a Raptors team that had committed to him before dealing him, had plenty of motivation heading into this game.
"I got great shooters around me", DeRozan told the National Basketball Association on TNT during his postgame interview. But there wasn't [any] emotions, wasn't emotional at all for me. "And I think it'll be good for us".
Kawhi Leonard will be excellent in his return to San Antonio, but I'm not so sure about Kyle Lowry, who has missed a lot of time recently and will probably push himself to play tonight even if he's not 100 percent. We got some things as a team to look at and get better at. "Those are the goals every game". "So I already knew that's how it was going to be". "But I embraced it and enjoyed the moment, and it's only going to make me better".