Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan’s sudden trade to the San Antonio Spurs shocked the NBA world during the offseason this year, and now he’s finally opening up about his side of the story.
DeRozan, who was traded to San Antonio on July 18, was totally blindsided by the franchise’s decision to deal him elsewhere. After leaving a screening of Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2,” he noticed he had a lot of missed calls on his phone.
Without thinking much of it, he went to Jack in the Box for a bite to eat. And that’s when he learned of the deal.
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He recounted the story to Bleacher Report:
It just caught me off guard. I sat in the Jack in the Box parking lot for, like, two hours just trying to process it all, like just trying to process the whole thing, and it just tripped me out, honestly, just trying to figure it out, but that’s how I found out. Midnight, sitting in the Jack in the Box parking lot for about two hours till I went home.
DeRozan was drafted ninth overall in the 2009 NBA draft. And he’s enjoyed tremendous success in his near decade in the league. He’s an Olympian, has been named an All-Star four times, and been named All NBA twice.
But his time at the Spurs has been anything but a fluke. He’s averaging 25.2 points per game and has managed a career-best 50.2 percent shooting record.
“Everything is new,” DeRozan said in reflection, now that he’s settled into his new life in San Antonio. He continued:
Every day I learn something new, get comfortable with something else, learn more. Every day is a learning experience through the wins, through the losses. And it’s a long way to go. It’s a long season. We haven’t even hit our stride. We haven’t all gotten comfortable with what we’re trying to do yet, so everything is still relatively new for me.