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DeMar DeRozan is “devastated” over the Toronto Raptors trading him and hasn’t been able to put his thoughts and emotions into words, according to a report from Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca.
Per multiple reports, Raptors president Masai Ujiri told DeRozan in Las Vegas during summer league that he wasn’t going to trade him. DeRozan was very upset by the trade and is not backing off his claim that he was lied to.
In a story DeRozan posted on his Instagram page Wednesday morning, the All-Star wrote, “Be told one thing & the outcome another. Can’t trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing… Soon you’ll understand… Don’t disturb…”
Ujiri spoke to reporters Friday addressing the Kawhi Leonard trade and apologized to DeRozan.
“I want to not only apologize to DeMar DeRozan for maybe a gap of miscommunication, but also to acknowledge him and what he’s done here with the Raptors, for this city, for this country,” Ujiri said. “There’s no measure to what this kid has done. The human part doesn’t make it easy at all. Maybe I should have handled the conversation with DeMar better.”
DeRozan is clearly not accepting Ujiri’s apology.
Thinking DeMar might not be ready to accept Masai's apology. pic.twitter.com/ChycL3Fj0x
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 20, 2018
When DeRozan was a free-agent in the summer of 2016, the swingman didn’t even take a meeting with another team and stated he wanted to remain loyal to the Raptors and the city of Toronto. Ujiri says at the time of the conversation with DeRozan — where DeRozan believes he was misled — the Raptors were fourth in line to land Leonard. Ujiri told DeRozan and his agent nothing was imminent.
It’s important to note that DeRozan opened up this year about how he’s dealt with depression. DeRozan’s father was also ill this season and he went through a divorce as well.