The San Antonio Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard one week ago, at long last, after months of rumors. The Spurs shipped him off to Toronto along with Danny Green, receiving DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick in return.
It marked the end of an era for Toronto. DeRozan spent the first nine years of his career with the Raptors, who selected him No. 9 overall in 2009. DeRozan was the franchise’s co-leader, along with Kyle Lowry, during the most successful run in its history.
It quickly became clear DeRozan was upset with how the trade was handled. He thought his future in Toronto was secure—or, at least, he thought the team would give him a heads up if he was on his way out. In a new interview with ESPN’s Chris Haynes, DeRozan spoke out about his feelings on the move.
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