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DeMar DeRozan Reveals Kyle Lowry Broke The News Of Lakers Trading For Russell Westbrook: "I'm Looking At My Phone Thinking, 'That's Out Of The Window Now.'"

DeMar DeRozan Reveals Kyle Lowry Broke The News Of Lakers Trading For Russell Westbrook: "I'm Looking At My Phone Thinking, 'That's Out Of The Window Now.'"

The Los Angeles Lakers were one of the most active teams in the 2021 NBA offseason. The Purple and Gold went out and landed several veterans to assemble a team that looked incredibly good on paper but ultimately missed the playoffs after a terrible season. 

They were linked with many stars during that summer, including DeMar DeRozan. Even though it was a hard job to carry out, the Lakers looked ready to land the Toronto Raptors legend, but things changed on draft night, when they traded for Russell Westbrook, sending Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to Washington. 

That situation left DeRozan out of options, but he ultimately found his way to another legendary franchise in the league, joining the Chicago Bulls via sign-and-trade, making that team a solid squad in the Eastern Conference. 


DeMar DeRozan Reveals Kyle Lowry Broke The News Of Lakers Trading For Russell Westbrook

During his participation in JJ Redick's podcast, "The Old Man and the Three", DeRozan explained the whole process of being convinced he was going to sign with the Lakers before learning about the move they made for Russell Westbrook. DeMar was so convinced he would wear Purple and Gold last season until Kyle Lowry called and told him they went with Russ (20:04).

"To my knowledge, it was a done deal. I took a trip to Mexico to get away because I could just feel the anticipation of everything coming to play. By the time I come home, free agency, 'hey, I'm signing with the Lakers.' I'm asleep one morning in Mexico, I get a call from Kyle [Lowry], and he said, 'they just made the trade for Russ, what's going on? I thought the deal was done for you to go to the Lakers.' And I'm confused, I'm looking at my phone like, 'damn, that did happen. Well, I guess that's out the window."

He was so sure about going to the Lakers that he didn't even entertain offers from other teams. The swingman thought he was set to join the 17-team, but things changed after the Westbrook move was completed. 

"In my mind, that was the only option for me to go to. Like I was so sold on that. Done deal. I didn’t even entertain anything else because I’m letting this situation work itself out.” 

In the end, it was DeRozan who had the last laugh, as he joined a team with stars that took it to the playoffs. They were eliminated by Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, but the Bulls sent a message to the league, stating that they are ready to compete. 

This season, they will spend a big chunk of the same without Lonzo Ball, but they are confident they can be alright while the point guard recovers and returns to action. DeRozan is ready for another challenge and the Bulls could be a dark horse in the stacked East.