DeRozan was caught off-guard, and felt betrayed by the organization.
"So when you put that out there saying "gave them chances" and "I have to do something".it's B.S.to me". Not even just Toronto, everything that came with Canada, wearing that Toronto Raptors jersey. DeRozan said he spoke to his former coach, who assured him he was "going to love Pop".
"All summer through the talks we had - through the talks he had with my agent - you know, it seemed like I was in that discussion of moving forward with the team", DeRozan said on ESPN.
Ujiri apologised to DeRozan over a possible "gap of miscommunication". Just to hear the words that come from him being the person that he is in this world, especially in Toronto.
DeRozan will receive the chance to move forward in Team USA Basketball's minicamp, helmed by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and they can start to connect and work towards a positive relationship for the 2018-19 season. Just let me know, you know what I mean?
Kyle Lowry did not speak to media but will do so Friday, his first public comments since the trade that weren't on DeRozan's Instagram story. "It was what I needed".
Arguably the greatest player in franchise history, DeRozan was able to put his time with the Raptors in perspective.
"What I'll most remember?" It's something I'll never forget, and without a doubt, it's no replacing Toronto in my heart and my mindset. The 28-year-old shooting guard admitted that he's shocked and hurt with the way the Raptors rewarded his loyalty for the past nine years. DeRozan has made it clear since news of the trade broke that he's upset with the Raptors, and indicated that he'll use that as a driving force throughout his first season with San Antonio. For his fans in San Antonio, DeRozan vowed that they can expect "a guy that's been proven to prove himself time and time again".