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Why The Spurs/Raptors Trade Hurts So Badly For DeMar DeRozan

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You may be getting a bit tired of this narrative, but there's no getting around the fact of just how much this recent Spurs/Raptors trade has impacted longtime Toronto star DeMar DeRozan.

He gave everything to the franchise, took a pay cut to help the team acquire additional assets, and played his heart out for a team that evidently sent him packing for what'll most likely turn out to be a one-year rental. It's hard to fault Masai Ujiri for making a purely basketball decision, but it's one that changes a lot for the organization, the fans, and (most notably), DeRozan himself.

In case you still don't get it, here's a tweet by Josh Lewenberg, which explains why this trade is such a painful one for what many are calling the greatest Raptor of All-Time:

The whole story really does explain the severity of DeRozan's current situation, and put's everything into perspective. Lewenberg also added that we shouldn't paint Ujiri as a bad-guy, noting that "There doesn't always have to be a hero and a villain, just humans doing their jobs and living their lives."

The NBA is a business, yes. Trades happen all the time. But that doesn't mean it can't seriously sting sometimes.