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DeMar DeRozan takes to Instagram to post a heartfelt message to Toronto

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DeMar DeRozan (Getty Images)

Just days after the blockbuster trade sending him to San Antonio, DeMar DeRozan took to Instagram to thank Toronto for nine years of memories.

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In his post, DeRozan expressed his appreciation for the city and all it has done: "Words could never express what you've meant to me. I was just a 19-year-old kid from Compton when we first met, but you took me in and embraced me as one of your own.

"I am so grateful for the love and passion that you've given me over the past (nine) years." The four-time All-Star added. "All I ever wanted to do was duplicate it 10 (times) over just to show my appreciation."

DeRozan leaves Toronto as the franchise leader in a number of statistical categories, and will be remembered for anchoring the team during its most successful five-year run in franchise history.

To close, DeRozan addressed both the city and country he has called home since 2009: "Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada."

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Words could never express what you've meant to me. I was just a 19 year old kid from Compton when we first met, but you took me in and embraced me as one of your own. I am so grateful for the Love and Passion that you've given me over the past 9 years. All I ever wanted to do was duplicate it 10x over just to show my appreciation. Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada. #Comp10 #ProveEm

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