Kyle Lowry opens up on avoiding DeMar DeRozan-esque divorce with Raptors
In July 2018, Toronto sent DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Kawhi Leonard. The latter only spent one year in Toronto before signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but led the Raptors to their first championship in franchise history, winning his second Finals MVP award in the process.
In a recent sitdown with Draymond Green for Bleacher Report, DeRozan shed light on how he learned he’d been traded.
“Two days,” said DeRozan. “It was two days. I went to Vegas. We all met. We had a f–ing dinner y’know and have a sit-down, have a conversation about like, all right, we about to do this thing. We’re about to give it another shot, blah, blah, blah.”
“And two days later you get a call – that was the s–t that hurt. Like, tell me beforehand like, ‘look, there’s a possibility, we’re thinking about doing this’, cool. Y’know what I mean?”
Lowry, arguably the most popular, impactful player in Raptors history, wanted to avoid a similar situation happening with Ujiri and the front office.
“We all were mutually agreed that it was time,” Lowry said of his departure from Toronto, per Jonathan Abrams of The New York Times. “It’s hard to put it into words. It was just time. For me, I knew with Miami it was the right situation, right timing, right place, right people, right everything.”
Obviously, Lowry had more say in his exit from the Raptors than DeRozan, his longtime teammate. In fact, Ujiri even admitted that it was important for optics that player and team collaborated on a deal that would be good for both sides.
“I had say and I had a little bit, I wouldn’t say power — but I had a little bit of, ‘Listen, it’s not going to be a good look if we don’t collaborate on this together,'”Lowry said. “We all agreed that to be on the same page was the best thing to do, and that was that.
After his tenure with the Raptors, Lowry now finds himself with the Miami Heat looking for his second championship.