Kyle Lowry Says He Felt 'Betrayed' by Raptors for Trading DeMar DeRozan to Spurs

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2018

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) drives against the Utah Jazz in the first half during an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry may not be much of a fan of general manager Masai Ujiri, as he seemed to indicate during an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN:

One of the biggest issues was the trade of DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in the offseason.

"I felt betrayed because he felt betrayed, because that's my guy," Lowry said of the blockbuster deal, per ESPN. "That's my best friend."

Lowry and DeRozan spent six years together in Toronto, and they each earned four All-Star selections over that span. They combined to lead the Raptors to the most successful stretch in team history, including a franchise-record 59 wins last season.

Over the offseason, Ujiri sent DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs in a deal for Kawhi Leonard, which Lowry clearly didn't appreciate. He described the late-night phone call during which he found out about the deal:

The 32-year-old continued to do his part of the pregame handshake even without DeRozan.

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"He's still my dog," Lowry said in October, per Khari Arnold of NBA.com. "He's my best friend in the world."

In 2017, Lowry signed a three-year, $90 million deal to remain in Toronto. The trade for Leonard has been working out, too, as the Raptors have a league-best 20-5 record.

If the Raptors come away with a championship this season, Lowry might change his attitude toward Ujiri.