Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan pens farewell to fans

Posted July 24, 2018

Meanwhile, the man DeRozan was traded for, Kawhi Leonard, arrived in Toronto on Friday, posing for a photo posted for Raptors' social media.

The debate over Masai Ujiri's integrity following the trade of DeMar DeRozan rages on. The problem, of course, is that the San Antonio Spurs didn't have to trade him to a place he wanted to play, and apparently Toronto wasn't initially one of those preferred destinations.

On Wednesday, DeRozan posted this on Instagram: "Be told one thing & the outcome another".

With Kawhi Leonard now officially a member of the Toronto Raptors after San Antonio's surprising swap to acquire DeMar DeRozan last week, Spurs legend David Robinson revealed how hard it was to communicate with the former Finals MVP during their time together in San Antonio.

Ujiri added Friday: "In my job, I always have to assume we're going forward with the team that I have". If there was a miscommunication there I do apologize to DeMar, his family, and his representation.

Shortly after the trade was reported, the National Basketball Association universe took social media by storm.

The Toronto Raptors recently made arguably the biggest trade in franchise history, but many viewed it as an unnecessary risk. Now all of a sudden we've got a guy who says he felt pressure to play, which is tough.

"I think the whole time he's been here [in San Antonio] I've talked to him maybe a handful of times, and I can count on one hand how many words he's really said to me".

If they'd approached him as a free agent next summer, the chances of Toronto getting a meeting with the 26-year-old would've been slim. Ujiri said the player "didn't express a lack of interest to play in Canada to me".

DeMarre Carroll #9 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs on December 26, 2017 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. "I'm confident. I think we have a good game plan, and we'll see how that goes".