DeMar DeRozan thanks Toronto fans in heartfelt Instagram post
'You took me in and embraced me as one of your own,' the California-born guard said
Native Californian DeMar DeRozan posted a heartfelt note on Instagram Saturday, addressed to the fans who cheered for him during his nine seasons with the Toronto Raptors.
DeRozan, who turns 29 in August, was stunned last week when the Raptors traded him to San Antonio for Spurs disgruntled star, Kawhi Leonard.
On Wednesday, DeRozan posted this on Instagram: "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out for a quick bit of nothing ... Soon you'll understand ... Don't disturb."
On Friday, Raptors team president Masai Ujiri apologized to DeRozan for leaving him with the impression he would not be traded.
Toronto selected DeRozan, who played at USC, with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
Since then, he has become the franchise leader in a number of statistical categories, including games and minutes played, as well with 13,296 points scored.
Under the leadership of DeRozan and All-Star guard Kyle Lowry, the Raptors reached the Eastern Conference finals in 2016. LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers eliminated the Raptors in the last three post-seasons.
Meanwhile, Leonard — whom his camp said did not want to play for the Raptors — arrived in Toronto Friday evening.
Also from Southern California, Leonard had urged the Spurs to trade him to one of the Los Angeles teams. He becomes a free agent next summer.