Raptors guard Kyle Lowry talked to Rachel Nichols about his feelings after DeMar DeRozan was traded to the San Antonio Spurs this offseason.
When it came time for the San Antonio Spurs to trade away Kawhi Leonard after his relationship with the organization had grown toxic, there weren’t many people who predicted Toronto as a possible destination for the disgruntled star.
Days before the trade, the Raptors started to emerge as a serious contender in the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, and they eventually dealt one of their most beloved players to make it happen.
DeRozan was blindsided by the news that he was being sent away from the organization that he had pledged his loyalty to.
DeMar’s former teammate and close friend Kyle Lowry had similar feelings about seeing his organization trade away a superstar that had become a fan favorite in Toronto.
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Lowry revealed that he got a call from DeMar at 2:30 A.M. after the deal had been done, and DeRozan had some “choice words” about being traded from a team he had recently signed a five-year deal with.
Lowry told Nichols that he didn’t know what to say as he sat on his bathtub talking to his friend.
“I felt betrayed because he felt betrayed because that’s my guy, that’s my best friend. So yeah, I felt some type of way on the personal side,” said Lowry.
DeRozan and Lowry learned the hard way that there is no such thing as loyalty in professional sports, and they’ve had to go their separate ways.
It has worked out well for both of them so far as DeMar is having a dark horse MVP-caliber season and Lowry is playing on the best team in the Eastern Conference right now.
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It will be interesting to see how these two best friends interact before, during, and after their first meeting as opponents when the Raptors travel to San Antonio in early January.