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Kyle Lowry on Raptors trading DeMar DeRozan: ‘I felt betrayed because he felt betrayed’

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AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 05: DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors reacts with Kyle Lowry #7 after hitting a late fourth quarter jump shot while playing the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 5, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Toronto won the game 105-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Traded from Toronto to the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan said Masai Ujiri lied to him and declared his relationship with the Raptors president finished.

Still in Toronto, Lowry has also given Ujiri the cold shoulder.

Lowry on DeRozan, on ESPN:

I felt betrayed because he felt betrayed, because that’s my guy. That’s my best friend. So, yeah, I felt some type of way on the personal side. It’s a harsh business. It’s a great business. But sometimes moves are made that you’re like, “Wow, that sucks.”
It’s very complicated.

That’s reasonable. Sometimes, you just have to be mad at someone because your friend is mad at him.

I also appreciate Lowry acknowledging the complexity of the situation. The Raptors have paid him handsomely, and they’re an NBA-best 21-5 in part because of the trade for Leonard. It seems Lowry loves his job.

But that doesn’t mean he must love every aspect and adore every co-worker.