Today was not a very productive day in Toronto.

As the Raptors’ championship parade made its way to city hall, huge crowds flooded the streets to celebrate the franchise’s first NBA title, and the city’s first major sports championship since 1993. Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard, perched on top of a double-decker bus alongside Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet and Drake, was in awe at the sea of people.

“I don’t believe anyone went into work today,” said the Finals MVP.


Leonard said the days since the parade have featured no sleep and a lot of celebrating. Meanwhile the NBA future of the 27-year-old all-star is still on the minds of fans — and players. Lowry led a “five more years” chant along the parade route in reference to Leonard’s upcoming free agency decision.


Drake, red solo cup in hand, was also at the centre of the celebration as he sat next to Leonard as the Finals MVP showed off his trophy to the crowd.


On stage at Nathan Phillips Square, Leonard received the key to the city from mayor John Tory amidst chants from the crowd for him to “stay.” After Leonard finished his speech on stage, he called back to media day at the beginning of the season by mocking his famous laugh after he called himself a “fun guy.”


The Raptors can offer Leonard a five-year extension worth about $190 million US, while other teams can offer only four years for about $140 million. Leonard could start negotiating with teams as a free agent on June 30.


The Warriors took out a full-page ad in Monday’s Toronto Star to congratulate them on their achievement.