Raptors’ Kyle Lowry admits to feeling betrayed by decision to trade DeMar DeRozan
The Toronto Raptors’ trade for Kawhi Leonard has had a positive effect so far. They are currently the best team in the league with an outstanding 20-5 record.
It cannot be denied that Leonard’s addition turned the Raptors into a more fierce contender than before. He currently leads the team with averages of 25.6 points and 8.5 rebounds in 34.4 minutes per game.
However, while everything is going great now, not everybody loved the trade when it happened. According to ESPN, four-time All-Star Kyle Lowry expressed his disapproval of the trade as it shipped away best friend DeMar DeRozan. Lowry stated that he felt “betrayed” because DeRozan also felt betrayed:
— ESPN (@espn) December 5, 2018
The two guards first teamed up in 2012 and led the Raptors to five consecutive playoff appearances. They weren’t really that close in their first year together, but they actually became friends in their second year of being teammates, per The Canadian Press.
DeRozan was drafted by the Raptors in 2009 and has improved steadily throughout his career. He was consistently the team’s scoring leader and was voted to the All-Star team four times during his stay with Toronto.
Lowry, meanwhile, played for two teams before discovering his real potential with the Raptors. He thought he wasn’t going to last long with the team. There were rumors of him being traded to the New York Knicks in the 2013-2014 season. But DeRozan told him that he would also go if they traded him.
DeRozan is currently with the San Antonio Spurs, where he aims to continue what he started in Toronto. Still, his numbers are impressive as he averages 24.3 points and 6.0 assists in 23 games played this season.