Published: Fri, July 27, 2018
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DeMar DeRozan Comforted By Drake After Raptors Trade, 'It's What I Needed'

DeMar DeRozan Comforted By Drake After Raptors Trade, 'It's What I Needed'

Yeah, the day it came out, I went to Drake's house. That's all I asked.

"No question. I mean, when you use the word "family", "brother" or whatever, things other people use lightly ... for me, once you use that term, I stick by that term". "Just let me know".

"Man, it was a blur", said DeRozan.

Um, no, because 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.

As far as DeMar DeRozan is concerned, his prior relationship with Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri is "done". I'm not saying, "You don't have to trade me" or ... just let me know something is going on because I sacrificed everything. "So to have this opportunity to play with a legendary coach at this point in my career, I think it's one of those blessings that's in disguise because this is a cool moment to be with a guy like that".

The move sent shockwaves throughout the National Basketball Association - in part because San Antonio had finally pulled off the trade and also because Toronto had dealt the player most associated with their recent run of success.

DeRozan also believes the reasons Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri offered for making the deal were "B.S".

It has been a whirlwind week for DeRozan but the Compton native is finally starting to prepare for life as a member of the San Antonio Spurs. It's something I'll never forget, and without a doubt, it's no replacing Toronto in my heart and my mindset. Like, who is 'them?' You put the blame on just me and Casey? I understand how the game works, how the business works. That's why I push, that why I repped so hard to get that stigma off. Get this done within the first 30 minutes of free agency and keep moving.

"I've always been a fan of Pop", he said.

DeRozan said he has the utmost respect and love for the franchise, the city, fans and ownership and only had an issue with "what I was told by this one individual and how things were handled with that".

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