HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

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DeRozan insists that he and the other Raptors are not gripped by fears of Who's Next? The latest indications in circulation actually are that he’s not being overtly shopped, but the 24-year-old says he hasn't gone to Ujiri to ask if he is or isn't being made available to other teams. ESPN.com

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But Sunday, after another frustrating loss — the third straight for Toronto at home — DeRozan took charge in another way. By calling out his team, albeit somewhat gently. DeRozan, who scored 17 points in the loss (the first time in the past five games he hasn’t led the Raptors in scoring), let his frustrations bowl over. And though his tone was measured and his comments delivered almost in a whisper, the message was clear. “I’m frustrated, period,” said DeRozan, who also picked up seven rebounds and four assists. “Just losing at home, man. I mean, I hate it. I hate it with a passion and we just have to figure it out and turn it around on the road.” Toronto Sun

“It don’t matter where we’re playing man, if we’re home or away. We have to understand that we have to go out there and play hard (all the time),” added DeRozan, who was singularly unimpressed that his team squandered a 15-point first quarter lead. “It doesn’t matter what stage we’re playing on. We’ve just got to go out there and win. We just have to do what our assignments are every night.” Toronto Sun

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Though the Rudy Gay/DeMar DeRozan combo has been derided in some quarters as selfish, the team-bonding appears to be working as everybody has seemed fine with the fact the pair takes the vast majority of the squad’s shots. “Those guys are going to take shots, they’re going to miss shots and they’re going to make shots. At the end of the day, they’re our go-to guys and we’re going to ride on them, we’re going to support them no matter what happens,” Lowry said pre-game. “I don’t care if anybody says anything bad about them, those guys can play together. So when they play good together, what do people say? It’s a give and take, it’s always this and that so for me personally it’s easy because I know those guys are going to make shots and they’re going to come through when we need them to come through.” Toronto Sun

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