Kawhi Leonard returns to play at the Toronto Raptors for the first time since leaving the franchise in July to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Leonard was about the possibility of re-signing with the Raptors on Wednesday.

"I gave it a big consideration," Leonard said. "I took my time. I didn't hurry up and make a quick decision. I talked to the front office in detail. It was a hard choice to make."

Leonard will receive his championship ring before top-off and was asked if he's thought about it.

"No, I haven’t. I’ll just be in the present and enjoy the moment of getting the ring and play," Leonard explained. "... This is my first time back in the city since the parade. Obviously those flashbacks come back driving over to the arena. Of course it’s a little different tonight, but we’ll see."

Leonard also explained his appreciation for the Toronto fans.

"They were amazing last year. They rolled with us through the ups and downs," he said. "I was just talking to another media circuit and I was telling them how we were down every series pretty much, except the championship, and they stuck through it with us. They brought great energy to every game and it helped us. So that’s my thank you to them."