Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan voices support for players requesting trades
Former Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan was infamously traded to the San Antonio Spurs this past offseason. With such a trade obviously coming as a surprise to the former Raptors cornerstone, DeRozan has since become quite vocal about the entire process and trades overall.
Most recently, DeRozan made a point to support players that have openly requested trades.
“We all have the right, and if you feel that way, if you are not comfortable, if you want to go somewhere else that you feel you will be better off being at, go for it,” DeRozan said, via My San Antonio. “I’m all for it. Nobody should feel enclosed to be at one place if they don’t feel like it. I don’t have a problem with it.”
Although DeRozan did not request his trade away from Toronto, the veteran swingman certainly knows the feeling of making the move.
“A normal person at a job, if they don’t want to work at that job any more, they can easily put in their 30-day notice and go elsewhere if it’s best for them,” DeRozan continued. “I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to have that same right.”
Despite the fact that the former Raptors standout was initially reluctant to being traded to the Spurs, DeRozan’s success — to the tune of averages of 21.6 points, 6.2 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game — has certainly transferred from Toronto to San Antonio. Not only that, but the Spurs currently sit in seventh place in the Western Conference, thanks to the team’s 32-26 record in 2018-19.