DeMar DeRozan, Gregg Popovich Support NBA Players Requesting Trades | Bleacher Report

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, confers with coach Gregg Popovich during a timeout in the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 102-99. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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Kawhi Leonard’s trade request sent Gregg Popovich‘s San Antonio Spurs into a state of flux and ultimately removed DeMar DeRozan from the only franchise he’s ever known.

That said, both men still support players expressing a desire to be traded.

“I still have to side with individuals doing what they want with the rest of their lives,” Popovich said after saying the requests have a “deleterious” effect on the NBA, per Tom Osborn of the Express-News.

“We all have the right, and if you feel that way, if you are not comfortable, if you want to go somewhere else that you feel you will be better off being at, go for it,” DeRozan said. “I’m all for it. Nobody should feel enclosed to be at one place if they don’t feel like it. I don’t have a problem with it.”

The Spurs traded Leonard and Danny Green for DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-round pick last July. DeRozan spent his first nine seasons in Toronto, becoming one of the most beloved players in franchise history. 

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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