#GlobalNews: “Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologizes to DeMar DeRozan for ‘gap in communication’ “
Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologized to former Toronto all-star guard DeMar DeRozan for a “gap in communication.”
Ujiri spoke to reporters immediately for the primary time after Wednesday’s blockbuster commerce that despatched DeRozan to San Antonio for famous person ahead Kawhi Leonard.
DeRozan had mentioned emphatically up to now that he wished to complete his profession in Toronto and was reportedly informed by Raptors administration this summer time that he wouldn’t be traded.
The guard voiced his displeasure relating to the commerce on his Instagram account, insinuating the Raptors have been disloyal.
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The commerce additionally noticed 31-year-old taking pictures guard Danny Green come to Toronto in change for 22-year-old centre Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 protected first-round draft decide.
The Raptors completed first within the Eastern Conference with a 59-23 document final season however have been swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers within the second spherical of the playoffs for the second straight 12 months.
Following the early playoff exit, the Raptors fired head coach Dwane Casey and changed him with former assistant Nick Nurse.
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DeRozan, a four-time all-star swingman, has led the Raptors in scoring in every of the final 5 seasons. He was common with followers and teammates throughout his nine-year run with the workforce, as soon as famously declaring “I am Toronto.”
DeRozan is the Raptors’ all-time chief in factors (13,296), area objectives made (4,716), free throws made (3,539) and video games performed (675).
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Leonard, in the meantime, spent seven years in San Antonio however appeared in solely 9 video games final season attributable to a leg harm.
Leonard helped the Spurs win a championship in 2014 and was named NBA Finals MVP.
During the 2016-17 season, Leonard averaged a career-best 25.5 factors a sport and was third within the MVP voting.
Ujiri on Friday additionally welcomed Leonard to the Raptors and mentioned the ahead, who performed simply 9 video games final season attributable to harm, will endure a bodily within the coming days.
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Note: “Previously Published on: 2018-07-20 07:05:11, as ‘Raptors president Masai Ujiri apologizes to DeMar DeRozan for ‘gap in communication’