After nine seasons in Toronto, DeMar DeRozan was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in a deal that included former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard earlier this week.
The Raps selected DeRozan with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2009 draft. He became one of the best players in franchise history, making four All-Star appearances and leading the team to the playoffs the last five years.
On Saturday, he took to Instagram to thank the city for their love and support:
Words could never express what you’ve meant to me. I was just a 19 year old kid from Compton when we first met, but you took me in and embraced me as one of your own. I am so grateful for the Love and Passion that you’ve given me over the past 9 years. All I ever wanted to do was duplicate it 10x over just to show my appreciation. Thank you Toronto, thank you Canada. #Comp10 #ProveEm