DeMar DeRozan's nine seasons as a Toronto Raptor came to somewhat of a bitter end as an offseason trade saw him dealt to the San Antonio Spurs in a package that sent Kawhi Leonard to The North.
Despite a change of scenery and a bitter ending, DeRozan maintains that many of the personal connections he made as a Raptor will continue to live on.
With the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in franchise history, DeRozan appeared on Be Honest with ESPN's Cari Champion, where he was asked about his thoughts on the organization, the team's postseason run and his relationship with former teammates as it has been nearly 10 months since the trade.
New #BeHonest with #DeMarDerozan. He's happy with the @spurs and he has nothing but respect for his OLD TEAM.. @Raptors ... he talks about @kawhileonard comparisons. https://t.co/c1qRf79aXR… pic.twitter.com/eUnVEEX4eK- Cari Champion (@CariChampion) May 16, 2019
The four-time All-Star told Champion that, "you can't never have no malicious intent towards nothing because it would come right back on you at the end of the day. For me, every guy that I have a relationship with on that team, I talk to them at least once a week and tell them if I see something about the game - what they didn't do, what they did - where I could help."
DeRozan continued, adding: "For me, it'd be different if I was the guy like, 'I don't want to hear that. Don't call me. I hope you all lose.' I just try to be supportive because, at the end of the day, it will come back around. For me, I'm happy for them."
While it's no secret that DeRozan and Kyle Lowry became best friends over the six seasons they spent as teammates, DeRozan's answer indicates that isn't the only connection he's made that runs deep.
As for the Raptors, they'll look to even up the Eastern Conference Finals Friday when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2.