The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs are two franchises that can stay eternally intertwined, because the Kawhi Leonard commerce that introduced Toronto their first championship in franchise historical past additionally despatched the franchise’s all-time main scorer in DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio as collateral. This broke up his partnership with Kyle Lowry.
Whereas DeRozan missed out on getting his championship ring, he stays a beloved determine in Canada, as he is likely one of the few excessive Raptors draft picks who selected to re-sign in Toronto and make a reputation for himself right here as a substitute of being tempted by a proposal to doubtlessly return to the States.
DeRozan and Lowry is perhaps a rustic aside (in non-pandemic years, a minimum of), however the two nonetheless have an everlasting kinship that shines via every time the 2 get to satisfy up. Though Lowry sat out Toronto’s slim win in opposition to San Antonio as a way to nurse a toe harm, he and DeRozan nonetheless discovered time to catch up and present love to one another.
Cameras caught Lowry and DeRozan embracing earlier than the sport, proving that neither time nor distance has eroded their friendship. Raptors followers in every single place ought to get a kick out of this, particularly after Lowry reciprocated DeRozan’s kindness after Fred VanVleet broke his franchise single-game factors report.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are nonetheless buddies.
DeRozan has averaged 21.5 factors per sport in his three seasons with the Spurs, however he hasn’t had the identical quantity of postseason success. Maybe in the hunt for that elusive ring, DeRozan has hinted that he’ll take a “vast open” strategy to free company now that his contract is arising on the finish of this yr.
DeRozan has had some actually poor luck in that regard. Whereas Lowry was in a position to function the No. 2 man on a title crew, DeRozan was not solely traded away proper earlier than Toronto climaxed with a title, however he landed on a Spurs crew that was on the tail finish of their comet of success.
Raptors followers may declare DeRozan’s hypothetical first ring as a half-championship for Toronto contemplating what he meant to this metropolis and this crew.
It seems as if Raptors followers have come to phrases with the fact that buying and selling DeRozan for Leonard needed to occur as a way to safe a championship, that truth has completed little to erode their love for the previous USC star. Again when he was getting All-Star buzz earlier within the season, Raptors followers have been making an effort to get him to Atlanta.
DeRozan is perhaps in black and white, however his dwelling will all the time be in Toronto. Even when he exhibits as much as Toronto in enemy colours, his contributions over the course of his decade north of the border will be certain that he will get a hero’s welcome from former teammates and followers.