DeMar DeRozan thanks Toronto with touching message after trade to Spurs

DeMar De Rozan thanks Raptors fans in heartfelt farewell message

After Kawhi Leonard reportedly requested a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers or Clippers, the San Antonio Spurs ultimately traded him and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round draft pick.

League sources told ESPN on Wednesday that neither Leonard nor DeRozan was enthusiastic about the deal.

Words could never express what you've meant to me. As he mentions himself, DeMar joined the Raptors organization as a fresh-faced 19-year-old kid from Compton. I am so grateful for the Love and Passion that you've given me over the past 9 years. All I ever wanted to do was duplicate it 10 times over just to show my appreciation. And despite their playoff failures, you could say that management installed in Canada is better than those acting in Southern California.

DeRozan, who had spent all 9 of his National Basketball Association seasons with the Raptors, reacted angrily to the trade on Wednesday with an Instagram post saying "Told one thing and the outcome another". Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out for a quick bit of nothing. "Soon you'll understand. Don't disturb", he said.

"I had a conversation with DeMar at summer league, and I really want to leave it at that", Ujiri said Friday.

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Meanwhile, the Raptors latest acquisition, Leonard, has met with Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster after the team posted a photo welcoming him to the city. He said DeRozan is the best player in Raptors history thus far, a very debatable statement.

A Redditor shared a post where he took the structure from Drake's song "Marvin's Room", and transformed it into "DeMarvin's Room" with lyrics entirely referencing DeRozan's situation with the Raptors following his trade.

Leonard is only under contract for one more season, so it may not much matter how he feels about the Greater Toronto Area, but there's some speculation that once he spends more time in the area he will embrace the city more.

He has yet to be introduced to the media.

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