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DeMar Derozan on being replaced with Kawhi Leonard and watching his old team win the championship


Whenever athletes interview athletes, you are very likely to get genuinely authentic and honest interviews. There is a certain level of respect and camaraderie between players even though they compete against each other and play on opposing teams.

In the latest episode of 'Chips' hosted by Draymond Green via Bleacher Report, we saw precisely this, an emotional DeMar Derozan's career retrospective. Draymond has a knack for making the best out of these interviews and getting answers to questions that would otherwise be ignored or simply met with: "Next, question."

One of the 'taboo' questions, if you will, was when Draymond asked DeMar about the entire Toronto trade, the Raptors going all the way the following year, and what he thought about the fact that people were saying, "DeMar left, Kawhi came in and they won it all."

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DeMar was heartbroken after the trade. Two days before the trade, he had a sincere conversation with Masai Ujiri, ensuring that everything was fine. Everything had changed only 48 hours following that call because Masai had the opportunity to bring Kawhi to Toronto.

That whole narrative was just frustrating, to where it was like, alright, damn social media. So by the time they got to the Finals, I think I ended up leaving out the country and getting away from everything and everybody and my phone. I'm happy to this day, I'm happy for the city, I'm happy for those guys that won it and everything, but you know, of course, that was my goal; my goal was to be the one to make that happen.

DeMar Derozan via Bleacher Report

One cannot help but feel slightly sorry for DeMar's situation with being shipped off to San Antonio and replaced by a better player. But then again, this is a business, and if I were Masai Ujiri, I would have done the exact same thing. It was great watching the bromance between Lowry and Derozan in Toronto, but it did not yield the wanted results, and Masai did the best possible thing in his power when he accepted the Kawhi trade.

DeMar joined the revitalized Bulls in the off-season, and with the addition of Lonzo Ball, Nikola Vucevic and Alex Caruso among others, Chicago is looking like a great team. With Zack LaVine and himself leading the offense, the Bulls will definitely turn a lot of heads this year.

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