Raptors GM Ujiri apologizes for 'miscommunication' with DeRozan

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said Friday he was sorry for any miscommunication with former star DeMar DeRozan ahead of this week's trade to the San Antonio Spurs.

DeRozan posted an Instagram message after the trade leaked, inferring that Ujiri had misled him during a conversation at a Vegas Summer League game.

DeRozan wrote, "Be told one thing & the outcome another. Can't trust em. Ain't no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing... Soon you'll understand... Don't disturb..."

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Ujiri confirmed their conversation, but insists it was done in good faith.

"I had a conversation with DeMar at summer league, and I really want to leave it at that," Ujiri said, per ESPN. "We spoke ... I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him. So, not necessarily talking about a trade but what I expect from him going forward, and I think that's where the gap was.

"In my job, I always have to assume we're going forward with the team that I have. If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar and his family and his representation. It's not what I meant."

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Toronto Raptors NBA draft pick DeMar DeRozan speaks to the media in Toronto June 26, 2009. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors first round draft pick DeMar DeRozan (R) poses for photos in a chef's hat as Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo looks on during the NBA team's media day before the start of training camp in Toronto September 28, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto November 1, 2009. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors' DeMar Derozan, Chris Bosh, Antoine Wright, and Jarret Jack (L-R) smile while wearing Toronto Huskies jerseys during a break in play against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto December 8, 2009. The jerseys were designed to commemorate the Toronto Huskies, who only played in NBA's inaugural 1946-1947 season. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan reacts to a foul call against him in first quarter action against the Boston Celtics during their NBA game in Boston, Massachusetts January 2, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan gets tangled in the net after a dunk against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto February 10, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan (R) looks to pass as Los Angeles Lakers' Ron Artest defends during the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, California November 5, 2010. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan scratches his head after he was called for a foul against the Boston Celtics in first quarter action during their NBA basketball game in Boston, Massachusetts November 26, 2010. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL HEADSHOT)
Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan (C) slam dunks between Sacramento Kings forwards Jermaine Taylor (L) and Samuel Dalembert (R) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto January 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors forwards Ed Davis and DeMar DeRozan (R) pose for photos during the NBA team's annual media day in Toronto December 12, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives for a layup past New Jersey Nets forward Kris Humphries (C) and guard Anthony Morrow (R) in the third quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey, January 29, 2012. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies' Tony Allen in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto March 2, 2012. REUTERS/Fred Thornhill (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors' Demar DeRozan smiles during the team's media day before the upcoming NBA basketball season in Toronto October 1, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan puts up a shot over Milwaukee Bucks Monta Ellis (L) during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto, January 13, 2013. REUTERS/Mark Blinch (CANADA - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Nov 26, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots against the Brooklyn Nets at Air Canada Centre. The Nets beat the Raptors 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Eastern Conference guard DeMar DeRozan during the 2014 NBA All Star game Player Press Conferences at New Orleans Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 2, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) celebrates a basket against the Golden State Warriors at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 29, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) carries the ball past Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll (5) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 30, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) congratulates guard DeMar DeRozan (10) after a play against the Houston Rockets at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Houston 99-96. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
November 17, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots the basketball against Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 9, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles past Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Eastern Conference guard DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors (10) is interviewed during media day for the 2016 NBA All Star Game at Sheraton Centre. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 25, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) reacts after getting his second technical then evicted from the game against the Houston Rockets in the second half at Toyota Center. The Rockets won 112-109. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) kisses his daughter, Diar, after the Raptors 89-84 win over Indiana Pacers in game seven of the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) goes up for a rebound against the Denver Nuggets in the first half at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 8, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) takes a free throw during a 129-122 loss to Houston Rockets at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 17, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Toronto Raptors player DeMar DeRozan during the All Star media availability at the Ritz Carlton. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) dunks for a basket against Washington Wizards in the second half at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2018; Chicago, IL, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives against Chicago Bulls guard Justin Holiday (7) during the second half at United Center. Raptors won 122-98. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) reacts to a non call by official Marc Davis (8) late in the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Air Canada Centre. Oklahoma City defeated Toronto. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 3, 2018; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives against Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) in the fourth quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
MAY 8 - Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan talks to the media during a season ending availability at the BioSteel Centre, Toronto. The Raptors ended their season, losing in a four game sweep tot the Cleveland Cavaliers. May 8, 2018 Bernard Weil/Toronto Star (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
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Ujiri also said that the opportunity to land a player of Kawhi Leonard's caliber made the move too good to pass up.

"When you have a chance to get a top-five player, which doesn't come very often, I think you have to jump on it," he said.

ESPN and The Sporting News reported Wednesday morning that Leonard has "no desire" to play in Toronto and could sit out, hoping to force another trade, but Ujiri insisted he hadn't been informed of any hostility and is looking forward to an in-person meeting with Leonard.

Regardless, the Raptors are rolling the dice Leonard is healthy and willing to re-sign to stay in Toronto beyond this season. Leonard is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in July 2019. With Leonard playing this season with Toronto, the Raptors would have the advantage of being able to pay $49 million more in a max deal than other suitors, such as the Lakers.

Los Angeles and other teams with cap space could offer four years at $141 million; Toronto can reach five years, $190 million.

DeRozan has three years, $83 million remaining on his contract.

Leonard spent his first seven seasons in the NBA with the Spurs, appearing in a total of 407 games and averaging 16.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He played in just nine games last season due to a quadriceps injury.

Danny Green, a 3-point specialist, also went to Toronto. He joined San Antonio in 2010 and averaged 9.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 520 contests.

San Antonio also received big man Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick in the deal. Poeltl averaged 5.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 136 games over his first two seasons.

--Field Level Media

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