Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

DeRozan says Raptors lied to him about trade

DeRozan says Raptors lied to him about trade

Early Wednesday morning, the Spurs and Raptors came to terms on a deal that sent Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick. I'm sure they'll recruit the hell out of him for next year.

"With DeMar coming to San Antonio, I couldn't be happier", he said.

While the impact Kawhi Leonard will ultimately have on the Toronto Raptors ability to win the National Basketball Association title won't be known for a while, Wednesday's trade has already vastly improved their betting odds to lift the Larry O'Brien trophy. Even though Kawhi has made it clear for quite some time that he didn't have any intention of ever suiting up in a Spurs jersey ever again, the moment is still bittersweet for a franchise that finally got to rid themselves of their disgruntled superstar despite the fact that he's a bona fide top 10 all-around player when healthy. "That's why I hate loyalty and sports, those two words, they shouldn't go together".

Two years ago, no one would have considered making the argument that DeRozan is a more valuable player than Leonard. With that chapter over, Pop wants to focus on the new players acquired from Toronto. ESPN, citing sources, reported the Spurs star, who played just nine games last season because of a quad injury, "has no desire to play in Toronto".

Boston had the required assets but apparently wasn't willing to part with them. We wish him well, but at this point, it's time to move on. Philadelphia did, too. But Toronto, to its credit, saw no reason why it shouldn't be bold this summer. He got fired because the Raptors never figured out how to beat James in the playoffs. But they know they're not good enough to win a title, and while they stopped short of blowing up the team they sure gave the foundation a couple of good thwacks with a wrecking ball in dumping Casey and trading DeRozan.

So now we see if Ujiri can work some magic.

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