Eight years after tweeting "Don't worry, I got us..." and pinning it when Chris Bosh left the Raptors to join LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in Miami, what comes after that ellipsis has finally been answered. DeMar DeRozan got the Raptors Kawhi Leonard. A player synonymous with Raptors basketball, DeRozan signed a contract through 2021 with Toronto. alongside Jakob Poeltl and a protected first-round pick in 2019 to the Spurs for Leonard and Danny Green.
According to David Aldridge, DeRozan was told he wouldn't be a trade chip for the Raptors this summer, and he is not pleased with the trade.
After the rumors were reported, DeRozanto make his frustration known.
DeRozan is known as one of the most loyal players in the NBA, in a city where loyalty goes a long way. He's one of the most beloved players in Raptors history, as Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Bosh all left for perceived greener pastures. Players around the NBA are not at all happy that his loyalty wasn't rewarded in kind.
Lou Williams -- who played one season with DeRozan in Toronto in 2014 -- in particular took issue with the Raptors trading him.
When a user asked Williams about his thoughts, Williams expounded a bit.
I’m hurt bro. I’m hurt. My dog gave that city and organization his heart and soul. He was loyal to the soil and got stabbed in the back.— Lou Williams (@TeamLou23) July 18, 2018
A few more of DeRozan's former teammates -- Terrence Ross and DeMarre Carroll -- didn't have harsh words for the franchise. However, they want him honored appropriately for his contributions to the team.
No matter what...When I think of Toronto Raptors Basketball... I think of DeMar Derozan...He deserves a statue...🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️💯💯💯— DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 18, 2018
Around the league, some other players that were shunned by teams that once revered them had their own insights to add.
Just learn from my story! Loyalty is just a word in this game SMH— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) July 18, 2018
Isaiah Thomas, of course, had a short moment of glory in Boston with the Celtics when he led them to an Eastern Conference finals berth in 2017 before the Celtics lost to the Cavaliers and he was summarily traded to Cleveland for Kyrie Irving -- and then traded against to the Lakers at the deadline. Blake Griffin, meanwhile, was seen as perhaps the second-best player in Clippers history behind Chris Paul before he was dealt to the Pistons at the trade deadline.
During the 2016 offseason, there was plenty of talk about DeRozan going home to Los Angeles, as he was raised in Compton. However, he vehemently denied any such intentions -- a far cry from Leonard's recent past. Leonard, meanwhile,. It's a move that will apparently leave both players deeply unhappy, so it makes sense that it's eliciting strong reactions from players around the NBA.