The offseason acquisition of Kawhi Leonard has propelled the Toronto Raptors to the best record in the NBA right now, but that doesn't mean All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry is fully content with his situation right now.
Lowry was very close with DeMar DeRozan, his long-time Toronto teammate who helped build the team into an Eastern Conference powerhouse. Unfortunately for Lowry, DeRozan was sacrificed in the Leonard trade, along with Jakob Poeltl and a first-round pick.
Speaking to ESPN's Rachel Nichols, Lowry seemingly threw shade at Masai Ujiri - the Raptors president of basketball operations. Lowry explained that he was hurt and felt "betrayed" when DeRozan was traded in the offseason.
"I felt betrayed because he felt betrayed, because that's my guy," Lowry said. "That's my best friend."
DeRozan took to Instagram after learning the trade and expressed major disappointment in the deal, pointing out his long-term loyalty to the Raptors franchise. DeRozan has also said his relationship with Ujiri is "over."
For Leonard, it was initially reported by NBA insider Chris Haynes that Leonard wasn't thrilled about getting traded to the Raptors. But Ujiri was the only man who stepped up and offered a package that was good enough for the Spurs.
At the end of the day, neither Leonard or DeRozan seemed thrilled about the trade. But the NBA is a tough business, and Ujiri felt it was time to shake up his core after another untimely playoff exit.
DeRozan and Leonard have both shined with their new teams, so the trade has worked out fine for the most part.
What This Means
Lowry is signed through the 2019-20 season, so Raptors fans shouldn't worry about his comments against Ujiri. Even if he felt betrayed by the move, Lowry has pieced together another All-Star caliber season, and the Raptors look like the favorite to win the Eastern Conference right now.