And like that, nothing was the same.

Wednesday morning the Toronto Raptors traded away the face of their franchise who constantly reiterated wanting to play for one team during his career for someone who has reportedly no interest in playing for Toronto.

The Raptors wrapped Demar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in a package and shipped them to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.

Being in Africa with Barack Obama did not stop Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri from giving Raptors fans one of the most entertaining off-seasons they’ve ever had. And one thing he does is listen to the fanbase.

As the only NBA team in Canada, the franchise gets discredited and is not taken seriously by many.

Ujiri woke us all up. Days after getting swept by possibly one of the worst Cavalier teams taken to the finals, Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was fired. That marked the end of an era, as Casey took the franchise to 6 playoffs in his 8 years, including a first-ever eastern-conference appearance. But being unable to figure out a way to surpass King James and King of the East was the root of a culture reset.

Casey will now be the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, and assistant coach Rex Kalamian is returning to where he started his NBA career with the LA Clippers. Assistant coach Nick Nurse is now the head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

A roster change was then called for. Some people started saying Casey wasn’t the problem, but the players that let LeBron get in their head.

Ujiri let us know he wasn’t done and he was not playing around.

Tuesday night he called DeRozan to let him know what was about to go. Meanwhile, DeRozan took to his Instagram, where all posts have been deleted this past week, claiming there’s no loyalty in the league and that he was lied to by Toronto regarding a potential trade.

There are fans that are as upset as DeRozan, some even starting a #DONTTRADEDEMAR hashtag on social media.

It’s conflicting, because the Raptors fan base, and sport media personalities always said Toronto needed a superstar. Now, in the two-time defensive player of the year, 2014 NBA champ, and Finals MVP, a superstar will be playing in the Scotiabank Arena (recent name change from Air Canada Centre).

But the Raptors had a loyal player in DeRozan. During his free agency, he refused to meet with any other teams. He was loyal to a franchise that had lost all of its past superstars in Vince Carter and Chris Bosh. He helped this team become one of the most successful in the league. He was the all-time leader in games played (675), minutes (22986) and points (13,296). He gave this city something to be proud of during the regular season. And when he came forward with his depression, the city had his back just like he said he had theirs.

Should the city be excited about Leonard starting for the Raptors in October for the new season? Will he even play? NBA fans only saw him play in a total of 9 games last season due to a hip injury, and he didn’t even sit on the bench during the post-season to support his squad. Right now, optimistic fans are thinking now there will actually be a Raptor playing defense, while realistic fans are wondering if he will even suit up. Reports say Leonard isn’t even keen on playing in Toronto.

Yes, it gets cold in the winter.

Yes, lots of people doubt the Raptors team.

Yes, this team has never been to the NBA finals.

But this team needs dedication. This team has an entire country backing it, and that’s something Leonard had not experienced yet.

Is Ujiri a wizard for pulling this off?

It seems like it. He was able to keep the young core in Fred Vanvleet, OG Ananoby and Paskal Siakam. Plus, if Leonard decides he truly is unhappy and leaves after next year, the Raptors keep their 2019 first round draft pick.

But NBA Twitter seemed discombobulated Wednesday morning.