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Vince Carter: DeMar DeRozan 'deserves to finish his career' in Toronto

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It was the trade that sent shockwaves around the entire league when DeMar DeRozan was sent from the Toronto Raptors to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan's entire nine-year NBA career had been spent with the Raptors organisation, but he'll now find himself in new surrounds.

The news came as a shock to former Toronto Raptors legend Vince Carter.

"Wow. That's it. Simple as that. DeMar has done so many great things there. He deserves to finish his career there," Carter said of the trade, according to The Athletic's Jon Krawcyzski.

Carter however doesn't look set to end his storied career where it began as he explained he wouldn't be ring chasing.

"I come from an era where that's not how it was. So that's still instilled in me. And I don't have any problem with how it's done now. (It's) just not for me," Carter, said on a conference call for the Jr. NBA World Championships.

While the circumstances surrounding the departures are different, Carter offered up some words of wisdom for DeRozan ahead of the 2018-19 season.

"As hurt as he is - as he should be and he's allowed to be - I think it's an unbelievable opportunity for DeMar to go to the next level. I think he'll take advantage of that," Carter told theScore.

"We've seen what Gregg Popovich has done with players throughout his career. You're getting an established player who he can take to the next level, and that's scary.

The Raptors secured Kawhi Leonard, along with Danny Green, in the trade but speculation still swirls around where Leonard will play when he becomes a Free Agent following the end of next season.

Toronto has been eliminated from the playoffs the past two seasons at the hands of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Despite James' move to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference, Carter was understanding of the move as ''unfortunate'' as it was.

"They wanted to take advantage of an opportunity, and who knows if it works or not. That's how these things work, and it's an unfortunate situation."

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