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DeMar DeRozan Told ESPN The Raptors Didn't Treat Him With "Respect" He Deserved

DeMar DeRozan warms up for the Raptors.

It is always hard when any type of long-term relationship ends. DeMar DeRozan is a prime example of that.

DeRozan had been a Toronto Raptor since 2009, opting to sign a long-term extension with the team a couple of years ago. However, he was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal.

DeRozan was clearly hurt by the move. He even reportedly told people he felt lied to, saying he had asked the Raptors if they would deal him and was told no.

In a new interview with ESPN's Chris Haynes, DeRozan doubled down. When asked about Raptors president Masai Ujiri, he didn't hold back.

CH: How do you feel you were treated particularly by Masai Ujiri?

DD: I felt like I wasn't treated with what I sacrificed for nine years, with the respect that I thought I deserved. By just giving me the say so of letting me know something's going on or it's a chance. That's all I wanted. That's all I wanted. I'm not saying, 'You don't have to trade me' or ... just let me know something is going on because I sacrificed everything. Just let me know. That's all I asked. Everybody know I'm the most low-maintenance person in the world. Just let me know, so I can prepare myself for whatever my next chapter is, and I didn't get that.

You can read the entire transcript of Haynes' DeRozan interview here. The video of it can also be seen below.

As for DeRozan, we can't blame him for feeling how he does right now. However, at least Toronto didn't leave him in a bad spot.

He gets to play for the best organization in the NBA over the last 20 years, and will have an all-time great coach in Gregg Popovich who will undoubtedly be able to get the most out of him. Pop should also be able to use the chip on DeRozan's shoulder to his benefit.

Additionally, while the Spurs' glut of players who rely on mid-range jump shooting--DeRozan, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge-- has been the butt of jokes this off-season, they should be able to make it work over the course of the regular season.

Will San Antonio challenge Golden State in the West? It is doubtful, but the Spurs should be able to win 40-50 games and compete for a playoff spot.