Source: While Kawhi Leonard made it very clear he wanted out of San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan didn’t (at least prior to his trade) harbor similar feelings toward his team. And in the aftermath of being traded for Leonard to San Antonio, DeRozan voiced his displeasure with how the trade played out, from being told by Raptors’ brass earlier int he summer he would not be moved, to feeling betrayed by the team that once drafted him.
One fellow athlete said he thinks it’s a bit of sour grapes from DeRozan, and much ado about nothing.
Edmonton Oilers’ forward Milan Lucic appeared on Barstool Sports’ Radio show, “Spittin Chiclets,” hosted by former NHL player Ryan Whitney. On it, the topic of DeRozan and his post-trade sentiments was brought up, and Lucic didn’t hold back in giving his opinion.
Part of his exchange with Whitney is transcribed below:
Lucic: I look at this whole DeRozan thing right now, and [Whitney], I heard you chirp these basketball players the whole playoffs, which is pretty funny, and the way DeRozan is being like this little …
Lucic: He’s being like a little bitter b— at the organization for trading him for Kawhi Leonard, like literally a top five player in the league
At that point in the conversation, another ex-NHL player and show host, Paul Bissonnette, chimed in, asking Lucic if he was offended (in a similar vein to DeRozan) when Lucic was traded by the Boston Bruins to the Los Angeles Kings. Bissonnette pointed out that Lucic was not notified or called by the Bruins prior to the trade being reported publicly.
“No man. At the end of the day … it’s a business,” Lucic said. Unless you’re (Sidney) Crosby or (Connor) McDavid, or LeBron (James), you’re just another guy; you’re just another player. For me, I understood that they were trying to go in another direction. How could I be bitter? The success that I had personally, and the success that I had team-wise, the fans that I got to play in front of for eight years, I mean I got to be who I was in one of the best sports cities in North America for eight years. How could I be bitter for being traded? I’m just thankful that I had the opportunity to play in the NHL for an Original Six team in the best sports city in North America. Going back to the DeRozan thing, when I hear him talk about the bitterness and the disrespect and all of that type of stuff it’s like, you didn’t get traded to frickin’ Cleveland, you got traded to San Antonio that’s a team that competes for a title every single year, and you get to be coached by the Bill Belilchick of basketball with Gregg Popovich, and now you feel like you’re being disrespected? Come on, man. You’re still making 30 million dollars a year, living in San Antonio with no state tax. Like, give me a break. Nobody feels bad for you; f— off.”
The entire exchange can be seen below (warning: the video contains graphic language).
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 27, 2018
DeRozan’s main grip throughout the process seemed to stem from a meeting between him and the Raptors front office during the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, when DeRozan was reportedly assured by the organization that, despite the trade chatter attached to his name, he would not be moved.
Lucic has a point.
It’s a business, stop being a bitch.
Now Kyle Lowry is being awkward as fuck too, so it appears this is going to be quite the sensitive situation early on in the season.
Hopefully, for Raptors fans, Lowry won’t be a little bitch.
Lowry’s bromance with DD was shattered, so always a chance he doesn’t really give a fuck anymore.
Back to Lucic, he hit the nail on the head.
You make 30 mil, you play a game for a living, and people in your industry get moved every single day.
Man the fuck up DD.