Just hold on, he’s going home: DeRozan returns to Toronto to play against former team for the first time since trade

Tonight, DeMar DeRozan is expected to get a warm welcome as he returns to Toronto to play against the Raptors for the first time since his trade.

The 6’7 shooting guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs on July 18, 2018 for Kawhi Leonard — a day many fans will never forget.

DeRozan was selected by Toronto as the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft and played for Toronto for nine seasons, becoming a regular starter right away with five straight playoff appearances. He was the franchise leader in points (13,296), field goals made (4,716), free throws made (3,539) and games played (675).

Recent buzz over DeRozan’s homecoming has dominated Twitter feeds. Many fans have used the social media platform to ask that the athlete receive a standing ovation when he makes his appearance.

A number of others showed their appreciation in more creative ways.  Twitter users, Alison Craig (@lawandchocolate ) and Asad Ali Moten : (@asadalimoten) let their followers know they would be wearing their “Lowry-DeRozan court socks,” as a gesture of support.

Toronto mayor, John Tory even weighed in DeRozan’s homecoming, commenting on the character of the former Raptors player.

“He’s a quiet-spoken person that just quietly goes about his business, and his business includes caring for other people besides himself,” he told reporters.  “I’m happy where I’m at. I still talk to most of the guys. That part won’t change, but we’ve all moved on.

The Toronto Raptors game against the Spurs airs tonight, Feb. 22 at 7PM, EST.