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DeMar DeRozan Instagram Reaction To Being Traded Going Viral

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Rosie Leonard | 19 July, 2018, 05:54

L.A. STATE OF MIND - Born and raised in Los Angeles, Leonard has made it clear that he wants to play for his hometown Lakers at some point in his career. Under this rule, the Raptors could refuse to allow Leonard to leave until they see fit.

But ESPN reporter Chris Haynes revealed that Leonard has no desire to play in Toronto, where he is widely expected to play just one year before returning to his long-favoured destination of Southern California.

Leonard, who turned 27 on June 29, played in only nine games last season while he struggled to overcome a mysterious quadriceps injury that kept him out of the lineup until December 12.

DeRozan's immediate reaction - after reportedly being informed during a meeting with team brass at Vegas Summer League he would not be traded - was not positive.

"Be told one thing and the outcome another", DeRozan posted on Instagram. But after getting swept in the second round by Cleveland, the Raptors decided massive changes were necessary - first the firing of coach of the year Dwane Casey, and now the trading of a perennial All-Star who once famously declared "I am Toronto". This isn't likely a case of signing an injured DeMarre Carroll, and expensively whiffing on free agency.

DeRozan got plenty of support from his National Basketball Association peers, including Dwyane Wade, who told The Associated Press that he hopes this trade reminds fans that teams will do what they want when they feel it's time to move a player - so players shouldn't be derided when they exercise their options to move on through free agency, either. They're probably telling themselves it's possible Leonard falls in love with playing in Toronto after a season there, but it's quite the risk and a bad sign when it's immediately reported he has no desire to play there.

As examples, no Blazers package includes Damian Lillard or C.J. McCollum, league sources said. He played in nine games for the Spurs last season and was barely a factor.

They thought he would be ready to start last season.

This similar gamble paid off for the Oklahoma City Thunder when they were able to convince Paul George to re-sign on a long-term deal even though he wanted to join the Lakers. Then they added Danny Green, so they got some experience, some winning but both guys are on the past year of their deals.

"About two weeks ago, I sent him a picture when he was younger and he's dunking over somebody and his hair is all over, and it was kind of a hint like you know, you can keep doing this", Popovich said.

By the time the season ended, illness led to the trade to Toronto: The Spurs were sick of him; he was sick of them.

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