New Spurs Star DeMar DeRozan Talks About Blockbuster Trade
It’s almost like DeMar DeRozan made it sound like he’s the first athlete in sports to ever get traded.
Just over a week ago, the Toronto Raptors shocked the NBA world, including DeRozan himself, after trading their longest tenured star to the San Antonio Spurs in a package deal to acquire Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. A move that took the entire city of Toronto by storm gave way for plenty of different emotions including anger, confusion, and sympathy.
“Man, it was a blur,” said DeRozan in his first officially interview since the move. “It was a dream … still kind of feel like a dream right now. But it’s been tough having this roller coaster — up and down — just trying to get acclimated to changing teams.”
DeRozan recently sat down with ESPN’s Chris Haynes for an up close and personal interview that went just over 20-minutes in length.
“Um, no, because all summer through the talks we had — through the talks he had with my agent — you know, it seemed like I was in that discussion of moving forward with the team,” explained DeRozan on how the move caught him off guard. “My whole approach every summer was preparing, going out there and supporting the young guys at summer league, figuring out ways I can be better, make my team better, and that was the gist of the conversations we had with moving forward. Having the opportunity to do something special all over again, you know? So that was my mindset and everybody around me’s mindset as well.”
As for what the Spurs should expect in the trade, well DeRozan had a simple message:
“A guy that’s been proven to prove himself time and time again — this time around having the biggest chip on his shoulder ever.”