This summer had been dominated by Leonard's revelation that he wanted to leave the San Antonio Spurs after a breakdown in relationship with the franchise. Was there anything going on, if it was a chance I'd be traded?' And on multiple occasions it was: "'No, it was nothing, '" DeRozan said.
In an interview with ESPN's Chris Haynes, which aired Tuesday evening, DeRozan broke down his thoughts on the Silver and Black, including getting the opportunity to play under coach Gregg Popovich and alongside his friend Rudy Gay.
One fellow athlete said he thinks it's a bit of sour grapes from DeRozan, and much ado about nothing.
A day after DeRozan chose to withdraw from Basketball Without Borders and NBA Africa Game, the four-time All-Star made the current status of his relationship with Ujiri very clear.
"By just giving me the say-so of letting me know something's going on, or there's a chance".
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He has made 85 appearances but was restricted to just five Premier League starts last season. Yes, I still want to leave, that what I want.
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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. Not even on some hoops stuff. And, you know, just to see people talk about, even just mentioning me as the greatest player in Raptors history?
Holding court with the media after the first day of USA Basketball Camp in Las Vegas, DeRozan made it clear that the bridge between him and Ujiri had effectively become ash. Just to hear the words that come from him being the person that he is in this world, especially in Toronto.
"You put the blame on just me and Casey?"
DeRozan, a four-time all-star, was a fan favourite in Toronto and repeatedly expressed his desire to finish his career in a city that had a history of seeing star players bolt from their National Basketball Association team when another opportunity came along. Come on, man, that's an honour. I'm not saying you don't have to trade me.