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San Antonio Spurs: DeMar DeRozan mural receives the spotlight

By Rob Wolkenbrod
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 26: DeMar DeRozan #35 of the United States talks with head coach Gregg Popovich during a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 26: DeMar DeRozan #35 of the United States talks with head coach Gregg Popovich during a practice session at the 2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team minicamp at the Mendenhall Center at UNLV on July 26, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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There’s already a mural up of DeMar DeRozan, who the San Antonio Spurs acquired in an offseason trade.

The San Antonio Spurs welcomed DeMar DeRozan into the fold this summer, with the acquisition of him, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick from the Toronto Raptors for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. It’s the first time DeRozan changed teams in his nine-year career, but the city of San Antonio have welcomed him with open arms.

At Rudy’s Seafood in San Antonio, TX, a mural of DeRozan was added to the group of Spurs already in place. According to MySanAntonio.com, it started with Manu Ginobili in March and continued into the summer, with the addition of George Gervin in the same timeframe as DeRozan. Other players, and head coach Gregg Popovich, also joined the design.

The Spurs recognized the mural with a video close-up of the finished piece, which put DeRozan in the Silver and Black that he will wear. in the 2018-19 season.

There's a new mural in town. ? @DeMar_DeRozan | #GoSpursGo https://t.co/KmdbXsWVIO

— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) August 19, 2018

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It’s a warm welcome into San Antonio for DeRozan, as he enters year one with the Spurs and looks to put the offseason drama between he and the Raptors behind. That will move forward once training camp and the preseason arrive in late September, and the regular season shortly after in mid-October.

Anything positive for the Spurs, after the events of the 2017-18 season, which surrounded the team in adversity, due to Leonard’s mysterious quadriceps injury, unknown timetable to return and the trade request that followed. With this in the rearview mirror, DeRozan and the other offseason additions will represent the change in direction and the next chapter of Spurs Basketball.

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In nine seasons with the Raptors, DeRozan averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists. His 2017-18 campaign featured 23 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but a series loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs.

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