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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologizes for 'miscommunication' with DeMar DeRozan

Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologizes for 'miscommunication' with DeMar DeRozan

I am so grateful for the Love and Passion that you've given me over the past 9 years.

DeMar DeRozan took another step towards acceptance, following the earth-shattering trade that sent him to San Antonio. All I ever wanted to do was duplicate it 10x over just to show my appreciation.

The All-NBA forward was traded to the Raptors for a package that included All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan. In his message, DeMar thanked the city of Toronto for helping shaping his identity.

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". The Raptors told him he wasn't going to be traded only to turn around and deal him for player in Leonard who is very much a distressed asset- and who doesn't even view Toronto all that positively, by all accounts. Ain't no loyalty in this game. DeRozan has made it clear he was not happy with the way the deal went down and the communication, or lack thereof, between the Raptors and his camp. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing.

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The Spurs traded Leonard along with Danny Green in exchange for DeRozan, a 2019 protected first-round pick and big man Jakob Poeltl, ending the yearlong saga between the two-time defensive player of the year and San Antonio, which grew contentious because of an apparent disconnect over the state of Leonard's quad injury. "Soon you'll understand... Don't disturb..." As things stand now, the chances of either of the two Los Angeles' teams playing deeper into the postseason than the Leonard-led Raptors are slim.

Leonard is now in Toronto, where he'll spend at least one year with the Raptors before hitting free agency.

After acquiring the best talent in Raptors' history and assembling perhaps the best team in the Eastern Conference, one might think team president Masai Ujiri was finished for the summer. Whatever was said, Ujiri realizes he probably could have communicated with the team's former star in a more direct fashion.