DeMar DeRozan: I would have requested trade from Raptors if they traded Kyle Lowry
But it took a while for their relationship to get off the ground.DeRozan, via The Woj Pod:
I don’t think I never said this publicly, but he will tell you. My first year with Kyle, me and Kyle didn’t say a word to one another. We didn’t speak. We didn’t have a conversation. We didn’t hang out. We didn’t go eat. We didn’t sit next to each another. Nothing. I didn’t have his phone number. Nothing. He came in, and I don’t know what it was like, if he knew he was just going to be moved again or if he was just a piece.
He kept his distance from everybody, everything. He really had that mindset coming in, like, “I’m not going to be here long.”
Kyle was practically gone. I remember Kyle came in the locker room and said, “Man, it was nice playing with you. I’m out of here. I’m done. I’m going to New York.” And I remember my frustration came in, too, like, “Man, I’m not trying to go through this again. I don’t want to be one of them players that never makes the playoffs for five years in. If you’re getting traded, too, I’m going to ask for a trade, too.”
And to think, the duo nearly stalled a couple times before taking off.