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After going through a “rough week,” DeMar DeRozan is finally ready to move on from the Toronto Raptors and excited to join one of the most prestigious franchises in all of sports, the San Antonio Spurs.
Speaking to reporters at Team USA minicamp in Las Vegas on Thursday, DeRozan said he’s done living in the past, dwelling on the trade and is looking forward to developing a relationship with his new coach, Gregg Popovich.
“It means a lot,” DeRozan said of playing for the Spurs. “Their credibility, everything stands for itself. The Spurs have always been A-1 from the outside looking in, and now being on the inside and getting a feel for it, it will definitely be something to look forward to.
“Pop’s resume speaks for itself. If you are a basketball fan and you know the game, Pop is one of those guys you definitely have to be a fan of, inside and out.”
Popovich, of course, is the coach of Team USA and is taking full advantage of his time with the Spurs’ new star. DeRozan and Popovich were working one-on-one on DeRozan’s post game.
Gregg Popovich and DeMar DeRozan are already working one on one on DeMar’s post game 👀 pic.twitter.com/5C98gNAJbc
— Jovan Buha (@jovanbuha) July 26, 2018
Popovich says he’s heard nothing but good things about DeRozan and couldn’t be happier to have him on board.
“With DeMar coming to San Antonio, I couldn’t be happier,” Popovich said. “I think this trade will be good for both teams. DeMar is a four-time All-Star, an All-NBA player, great in the community there, team player, somebody I have respected and watched play for a while now and we are thrilled to have him here. I am thrilled to have DeMar join us.”
DeRozan also added that he wants future Hall-of-Famer Manu Ginobili to come back for his 17th season with the Spurs. Ginobili, 40, is slated to make $2.5 million in 2018-19 if he plays.
“I’ve been a fan of his way before I was in the league,” DeRozan said. “It would be great just to learn from a guy like that and pick his brain.”