Published: Tue, July 24, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

DeMar DeRozan thanks Toronto with touching message after trade to Spurs

DeMar DeRozan thanks Toronto with touching message after trade to Spurs

DeRozan averaged nearly 20 points per game over his nine years in Toronto and led the Raptors to the number one overall seed in the Eastern Conference this season, but the team felt a change was necessary to reach the next level.

Meanwhile the initially positive vibes between Leonard and the Raptors were tweeted out on the Raptors' social media account Friday evening after Leonard arrived in Toronto.

The reason for this is that if Kawhi Leonard decided not to play this season, he would be giving up his free agency next year.

This week the San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors pulled off the blockbuster trade of the summer.

Raptors President Masai Ujiri was apologetic on Friday, admitting that he may have inadvertently misled the team's franchise player. Under him, DeRozan should only improve even more than he already has.

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The Raptors may not be done overhauling their roster this offseason.

Yes, the addition of a superstar like James or Leonard certainly would have benefitted the Sixers when it comes to giving them a better chance of competing in the Eastern Conference. Leonard is now a Raptor.

We all know about how much DeRozan loved his time as a Raptor. According to the report, there is a higher possibility that Serge Ibaka, who has two years and $45 million left on his contract, is the next trade candidate for the Raptors. No, it's not to the Los Angeles Lakers; it's not to the Los Angeles Clippers; it's not to the Philadelphia 76ers; it's not to the Boston Celtics. "Our staff worked very hard to help him get there".

Maybe the Lakers or the Clippers will be joined by the third best player in the National Basketball Association in a year, but not being more aggressive in trade talks and taking the risk was a massive mistake. With Kawhi forcing their hand, the Spurs had to make a trade in which they would receive a star in return to remain competitive. He joins another winning organization which has a fantastic coach in Gregg Popovich. This, of course, limited their options, as the Boston Celtics were adamant on keeping their core intact, and most other teams did not wish to trade for a one-year rental. In the East, Leonard would resemble LeBron as by the far the best player in the conference for a long period of time. DeRozan's game will be elevated next season.

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