DeMar DeRozan admitted that he was shocked and blindsided by the Toronto Raptors' decision to trade him to the San Antonio Spurs last month.
The All-Star was reportedly told that he wouldn't be offloaded in a meeting with the team's management during the Summer League.
President Masai Ujiri apologised to him for "miscommunication" after the trade was made official.
They acquired Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green as part of the deal and also sent center Jakob Poeltl in the opposite direction.
DeRozan accused the franchise of a lack of loyalty after he committed his future to them by signing a five-year deal when he hit free agency in 2016.
Former Raptors great Vince Carter recently weighed in on the topic and said the shooting guard deserved a better ending in Toronto after everything he's done for the team.
“We all look at it like DeMar has done so many great things there, which he has,” Carter said, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“He deserves to finish his career there, especially if he wanted to, like we all know he did.
“It’s just one of those things where the organisation, I guess they saw it different. They wanted to take advantage of an opportunity and who knows if it works or not?
"If it works, everybody forgets about it. If it doesn’t, it blows up in their face. I think that’s how these things work, and it’s an unfortunate situation.”
The 41-year-old also endured a difficult break up with the Raptors as he was traded to the New Jersey Nets after seven years in Canada.
But he reportedly had disagreements with the front office and requested a move away, which is why he received a hostile reception whenever he returned to the Air Canada Centre.
The difference is DeRozan embraced the entire country and had no intentions of ever leaving after bringing success to the organisation.
However, his former teammate, Jonas Valanciunas, doesn't believe anybody is to blame for his trade to San Antonio.
“It’s a business. You never know in the NBA,” Valanciunas said in an interview in his native Lithuania.
“Maybe now while I’m talking all the papers are set and I’m moving to Detroit. You just never know in this business.
"DeMar was really great, loyal player. But I think you can’t blame anybody.”
But the All-NBA guard certainly blames Ujiri and has vowed to play with "the biggest chip on his shoulder ever" next season as he feels he has a point to prove.
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