NBA players are just as shocked that the Toronto Raptors are reportedly trading DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard as you are.
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As soon as ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Haynes broke the news on Wednesday morning, former Raptors DeMarre Carroll and Terrence Ross, as well as the likes of Orlando Magic shooting guard Evan Fournier and Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, took to social media to react to the blockbuster move that is expected to be completed later today.
😳😳😳😳 https://t.co/9h01KiPkVN- DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 18, 2018
No matter what...When I think of Toronto Raptors Basketball... I think of DeMar Derozan...He deserves a statue...🤷🏾♂️🤷🏾♂️💯💯💯- DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 18, 2018
Dear fans of Toronto,- Terrence Ross (@TFlight31) July 18, 2018
It's time you guys build a statue of @DeMar_DeRozan Regardless of what happens. He deserves it. 🇨🇦
WOW https://t.co/KCgfvHWcn6- Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) July 18, 2018
Demar/Kawhi. Interesting...- Spencer Dinwiddie (@SDinwiddie_25) July 18, 2018
Is gonna be hard/weird checking the Raptors without @DeMar_DeRozan .- jose manuel calderon (@JmCalderon) July 18, 2018
He is gonna be missed!
Good luck in your new challenge!!!
You will be even better amigo!
Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman and Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban shared their thoughts on the trade, too.
Man. Loved everything about @DeMar_DeRozan's game and passion for the city. Going to miss showing up to the ACC, watch him go for 40 with the smoothest mid-range game in the league. Wishing you nothing but the best my brother. Respect everything you represent and stand for!- Marcus Stroman (@MStrooo6) July 18, 2018
End of a great campaign in Toronto for @DeMar_DeRozan played hard every game! Welcome to the 6 @kawhileonard stay for a long time !☝🏿👀- P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) July 18, 2018
Also included in the deal are Danny Green, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick. While there is risk involved in the trade for the Raptors, Kawhi could take the franchise to a new level.