In a way, Thursday was the start of a new beginning for DeMar DeRozan. The San Antonio Spurs’ newest guard took the floor at the USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas, meaning for the first time, he got to pick the brain of and work with his new head coach, Gregg Popovich.
DeRozan also met with the media, and before he can completely move on and be a Spur, he had to answer some questions about his old team, the Toronto Raptors. Most notably, DeRozan was asked about Raptors president Masai Ujiri, who has admitted he could have handled the days leading up to DeRozan’s trade better.
Still, DeRozan has made it clear he’s not happy with Ujiri, and on Thursday, he stated that once more. The All-Star guard was asked about a relationship going forward with Ujiri and did not pull any punches.
“Done,” DeRozan replied when asked about having any sort of a relationship with Ujiri going forward. “No reason to have a relationship.”
DeRozan also said that he had not spoken to Ujiri since the move, nor does he plan on getting in touch with him. He also gave some insight into how tough things have been since he was moved for Kawhi Leonard.
“It was a rough week, extremely hard,” DeRozan said, according to MySanAntonio.com. “I can’t sit up here and lie and say it wasn’t. But I don’t want to be living in the past or dwelling in the past or asking or wondering why.”
It’s good to see that DeRozan has his eyes on what the future holds, although that’s partly because he’s excited for the 2018-19 NBA schedule to drop. As he told the press, his return to Toronto will “definitely be a date circled” on his calendar.