San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan wasn't shy about voicing his anger and disappointment when Masai Ujiri traded him to Texas in a package deal that brought Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors.
DeRozan now wants his former Raptor teammates and fans know that he's coming for them when the two teams first meet on Jan. 3. DeRozan appeared on Serge Ibaka's YouTube channel (he had to eat fried worms and rice), and promised to put up a big performance against his old team.
"I'll probably go for 50 [points]," DeRozan says. "I’m gonna foul you out. I’m gonna foul JV [Jonas Valanciunas] out, I’m telling you."
demar vows to drop 50 on the raptors and he makes a bet with serge pic.twitter.com/g6ZghFoebx— William Lou (@william_lou) September 18, 2018
DeRozan was probably just making those jokes in the form of humor, since it would be completely out of character for him to foul opposing players out. And though he's dropped 50-plus points in a game before, DeRozan might find it more difficult with Kawhi Leonard up against him. The latter is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, after all.
A four-time All-Star with the Raptors, DeRozan may go down as the greatest player in franchise history. He and Kyle Lowry formed a dynamic duo, leading Toronto to the playoffs in five consecutive years, including four Atlantic Division championships.
The Raptors set a franchise record with 59 wins last season, but they were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. That forced Ujiri to make major changes, which included firing Coach of the Year Dwane Casey and moving out DeRozan, his franchise player.
Toronto traded DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick to San Antonio in exchange for Leonard and Danny Green. DeRozan has already stated his relationship with Ujiri is "over," though he holds absolutely nothing against the fans, for good reason.
DeRozan's first game back in Toronto will take place on Feb. 22, and he promises to get quite the ovation from what will be a sold out crowd at Scotiabank Arena.