He expressed anger about the trade from the start, feeling he had been loyal to Toronto like no other star player had been, feeling that he had been told by management he would not be traded, only to have the deal go through days later. Although they never achieved the ultimate goal of an National Basketball Association championship, both are sure to look back fondly on their time together. But DeRozan broke his silence in an interview with ESPN's Chris Haynes and opened up about the trade and the time leading up to it.
"I went to Drake's house", DeRozan said. And it showed, it showed in the progress we made as a team and me as an individual.
"Just let me know. It's so hard to say one particular moment because I can name a million things", said DeRozan. That was my whole problem. I stand by that term. It's something I'll never forget, and without a doubt, it's no replacing Toronto in my heart and my mindset. Just let me know.
"And that's where my issue came from, that's where my frustration came from". Not even just Toronto, everything that came with Canada, wearing that Toronto Raptors jersey.
DeRozan: I'm done. I'm done. Was there anything going on, if it was a chance I'd be traded?' And on multiple occasions it was: "'No, it was nothing, '" DeRozan said.
"I felt like I wasn't treated with what I sacrificed for nine years, with the respect that I thought I deserved." he said when he was asked how he was treated by Ujiri. "It was a dream. still kind of feel like a dream right now". It's cold. He knows that, but the sting is understandably still there.
"It was cool to be able to call somebody that's close in my life that's on the Spurs too", DeRozan explained to ESPN. DeRozan is going to like being a Spur. "Just let me know, so I can prepare myself for whatever my next chapter is, and I didn't get that".