DeMar DeRozan Rumors

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Raptors guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are All-Stars in the East, and Canadians Andrew Wiggins, Trey Lyles and Dwight Powell will play for the World team in the Rising Stars Challenge. “It’s incredible that a young player in Canada can turn on the TV and he’s got a better than 50% chance that he see will an NBA player from Canada playing,” Nash told USA TODAY Sports. “That’s definitely changed. That was rare when I was in high school and college. Now, it’s expected and commonplace.”
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Eastern Conference All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan says it will be “pretty tough” for interested teams to steal him away from the Raptors in free agency this summer. “My whole mindset has always been this is home for me,” DeRozan said in an interview that will air in full on Saturday’s Meet the All-Stars show on ESPN Radio at 5:30 p.m. “I never think otherwise unless it’s brought up to me, or you see things, or people ask you about certain things. This has always been home to me. I took pride in putting on this Toronto Raptors jersey since I’ve been drafted here. And my whole goal was to get this team to the point where it is now. And I feel I’ve been a major key to that.”
“He will be a free agent,” Lowry told ESPN Radio. “That’s the best thing for him to do. And for me as a friend, as a friend, and what he did for me during my free agency, I’ll do the same thing. I will just listen and sit back. I won’t give him no advice, and I won’t push him anywhere. Because, as a friend, friendship comes before basketball, and that’s my guy. Wherever he makes a decision to go — and I’m hoping it’s back here, which I think it’s gonna be — I won’t push him or persuade him or anything. I’ll just say: ‘Hey, listen, bro. I’m here to listen to you.'”
Even as an unassuming rookie, DeRozan was eager to take on as large of a profile with the team as possible. When Bosh was set to leave Toronto for Miami in the summer of 2010, DeRozan tweeted, “Don’t worry, I got us.” DeRozan doesn’t remember posting the tweet in question, but he sees it in his replies constantly. He recognizes his confidence in it, too. “It’s crazy when I see that. I know that when I wrote it, I meant it. I meant it,” DeRozan said. “Now was the opportunity for me, whatever it was –€” I didn’t know what it was –€” but I just felt like it was my opportunity to take whatever it was and run with it. I didn’t know exactly what it is. I’m always one of them optimistic dudes and believe in working hard. Once you sacrifice and put so much time into something, something is going to come back around for you.

 (I’m sure) that was real when I tweeted that. That’s really how I felt.”
“DeMar works harder than anyone on the team, and that’s with all respect to Kyle,” said Gale, who now serves as an assistant with Raptors 905, the team’s D-League affiliate. “Kyle works really hard as well. DeMar, he’s a gym rat. “It’s rubbed off on Kyle. I didn’t know Kyle before (he was traded) here. But DeMar had his routine of coming in the night before games. Kyle started doing that last year as well. (DeRozan is) just a basketball junkie. It definitely makes the basketball atmosphere or winning culture more of a possible thing.”