Raptors head sorry for DeRozan deal 'miscommunication'

DeMar DeRozan

Watch live coverage as Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri addresses the blockbuster trade that sent fan favourite DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for 2014 National Basketball Association finals MVP Kawhi Leonard.

On Friday, Raptors president Masai Ujiri issued an apology to DeRozan, calling the unexpected trade a "gap in miscommunication".

Demar DeRozan said his goodbyes to Toronto in a heartfelt Instagram post Saturday after his trade from the Raptors earlier this week.

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

Ujiri said Friday the fans were not forgotten in the trade decision but it's "hard to satisfy everybody". I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him.

With Kawhi Leonard now officially a member of the Toronto Raptors after San Antonio's surprising swap to acquire DeMar DeRozan last week, Spurs legend David Robinson revealed how hard it was to communicate with the former Finals MVP during their time together in San Antonio.




As it stands now, Kawhi is not interested in playing for the Raptors for years to come. Some will treat a player and their family and representation with respect, others don't even return phone calls.

"I think there's a lot to sell here", the Raps' executive said about the city. Lewenberg reported that he was told DeRozan was "devastated". Now all of a sudden we've got a guy who says he felt pressure to play, which is tough. It showed that whether or not Raptor fans are happy about getting Kawhi Leonard, they will miss their homegrown superstar.

Norman Powell #24 of the Toronto Raptors goes for the layup against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs during the game on April 2, 2016 at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.

"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.

My goodness, we've officially seen it all.

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