San Antonio Spurs

DeMar DeRozan speaks with the media ahead of his first meeting with the Toronto Raptors

DeMar DeRozan spoke with various media following Spurs practice Wednesday, one day ahead of the team's meeting with the Toronto Raptors.

Thursday night marks the first time the Spurs and Raptors meet since the July 18 blockbuster trade that sent DeRozan and Jakob Poetl to San Antonio in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, who have thrived so far in Toronto.

Though he spent nine years with the Raptors franchise, the four-time All-Star wasn't ready to admit that his first time facing the team would be an emotional game

"I don't know, I've never experienced an emotional game, so I couldn't answer your question about it right now. I don't feel like it's going to be an emotional game you know, but that's right now… it's probably a question you could ask me after the game."

While it's been over five months since the trade, according to DeRozan, he felt comfortable in San Antonio "once I got here and got a chance to feel the acceptance from the fans, from the organization, and just [got] comfortable with my teammates."

In regards to Raptors president Masai Ujiri, the 29-year-old maintained that there is no purpose for communication as he said "I have no reason to talk to him. At all."

DeRozan did get emotional when looking back on his time as a Raptor as he reflected on the foundation he helped build while adding that he "wanted to break every single record that was there and be the first to do every single thing there" he continued with one of his famed analogies, saying "sometimes in life you don't get the opportunity to marry that you thought was the woman of your dreams."

Given the circumstances, the trade has worked out for both San Antonio and Toronto - DeRozan has helped lead the Spurs to a 21-17 record through averaging 22.9 points, 6.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds while Leonard has helped lead the Raptors to a 28-11 record by averaging 27.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

The two will face off for the first time Thursday, Jan. 3 at 8:00 p.m. ET on SN1.

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