It Sounds Like DeMar DeRozan is Finally Over Being Traded to the Spurs

It Sounds Like DeMar DeRozan is Finally Over Being Traded to the Spurs

And we’re happy for him!

“It took a while for me to get back in that happy place,” DeMar DeRozan said. “Where I didn’t care about much in the sense of like, ‘Just be happy, man. Just be yourself. Don’t worry about all that other stuff.'”​

The newest San Antonio Spur had a lot to say about the transition from being a Toronto Raptors franchise centerpiece to being shipped across the continent to San Antonio this past offseason in a trade that netted the Raptors Kawhi Leonard. ESPN writer Michael Wright had the full story.

“Now it’s about putting everything that I’ve learned, everything I went through, that I’ve accomplished, my fails, my sacrifices, just putting all that together and understanding that it’s time to lay it all out there on the line. Because when it’s time to hang it up, I want to have no regrets.”​​

DeRozan tells Wright about transitioning to a new franchise after spending his first nine seasons in Toronto. Rudy Gay, who was a teammate for two seasons on the Raptors with DeRozan, was integral in getting the All-Star to buy in to the “Spurs culture”.

He also felt accepted from the very beginning, as local Graffiti Artist Nik Soupè welcomed him to San Antonio before he had ever even donned a uniform.

“Now it’s about putting everything that I’ve learned, everything I went through, that I’ve accomplished, my fails, my sacrifices, just putting all that together and understanding that it’s time to lay it all out there on the line. Because when it’s time to hang it up, I want to have no regrets.”​​

DeRozan tells Wright about transitioning to a new franchise after spending his first nine seasons in Toronto. Rudy Gay, who was a teammate for two seasons on the Raptors with DeRozan, was integral in getting the All-Star to buy in to the “Spurs culture”.

He also felt accepted from the very beginning, as local Graffiti Artist Nik Soupè welcomed him to San Antonio before he had ever even donned a uniform.

DeRozan is currently leading the 4-2 Spurs in points and assists, averaging around 28 and 8 respectively. While those are unlikely to continue, they are both career highs thus far, and his passing is especially encouraging considering the most assists he’s averaged in a season is five, which he did last year. This has led to the Spurs even letting him get some run at point guard.

The Spurs look like they got the guy they wanted, and DeRozan may have just found another home.

This article first appeared on 12up.

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