Raptors GM: ‘I do apologize to DeMar DeRozan’ | NBA


DeMar DeRozan didn’t take his commerce to the Spurs notably properly, and in response to Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, it could be his fault … considerably.

Reviews indicated earlier this summer time that Ujiri had discussions with DeRozan and primarily advised him he wouldn’t be traded. On Friday, nevertheless, Ujiri admitted there should have been a “miscommunication.”

“I had a dialog with DeMar at summer time league and I actually wish to go away it at that,” Ujiri mentioned throughout a press convention to debate this week’s commerce that netted the Raptors Kawhi Leonard. “We spoke … I believe possibly my mistake was speaking about what we anticipated going ahead from him. So, not essentially speaking a couple of commerce however what I count on from him going ahead, and I believe that is the place the hole was.

“In my job, I all the time should assume we’re going ahead with the staff that I’ve. If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar and his household and his illustration. It isn’t what I meant.”

Ujiri added he needed to bounce on the alternative so as to add a participant like Kawhi Leonard, who the GM mentioned needs to play in Toronto, regardless of conflicting studies.

“I’ve had conversations with Kawhi, together with his agent, together with his uncle and all the things has gone properly,” Ujiri mentioned. “I stay up for assembly with them nose to nose, and that is our accountability … to determine it out and to make them as snug as attainable. … I am assured. I believe we have now sport plan and we’ll see how that goes.”

DeRozan had spent his total nine-year profession with the Raptors, together with 4 All-Star seasons. He had three years and $83 million remaining on his cope with Toronto earlier than the commerce.

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