DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto and Raptors franchise

Hope Soto
July 24, 2018

DeRozan led the Raptors to 5 straight playoff appearances, but they were swept in each of the past two post-seasons by the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers.

The image is the only one now on DeRozan's Instagram page, after he recently wiped it clean.

The Toronto Raptors acquired Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, as a result of the trade with the San Antonio Spurs this past Wednesday. Ain't no loyalty in this game.

On Friday, Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized to DeRozan for what said was "a gap in miscommunication" in regards to a recent DeRozan Instagram post, in which the 28-year-old guard said that he was told that he would not be traded.

According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports, the Raptors plan to keep the results of Leonard's physical and all other medical information private. 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.

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"I had a conversation with DeMar at summer league". "Now all of the sudden, you know, we've got a guy who says he felt pressure to play".

Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

With Leonard recently reporting to the Raptors, there will be conflicting reports about his future throughout the upcoming season.

"San Antonio, we obviously have a reputation for taking care of our players, nearly too much, I mean, people criticize us for sitting guys down", he said.

He said he was confident Leonard would see that there was plenty to tempt him to stay in Toronto when his contract is up at the end of the season. I think the whole time he's been here 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. "We have everything here except a championship, in my humble opinion".

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