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Raptors President Masai Ujiri Apologizes for ‘Miscommunication’ with DeMar DeRozan

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has apologized for “miscommunication” with  former Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan who was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard.

“I had a conversation with DeMar at summer league, and I really want to leave it at that,” Ujiri said Friday, according to ESPN.

“We spoke … I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him. So, not necessarily talking about a trade but what I expect from him going forward, and I think that’s where the gap was.”

DeRozan has maintained that he was lied to by the organization as he met with team officials in Las Vegas during Summer League play and believed he would not be traded.

“In my job, I always have to assume we’re going forward with the team that I have” Ujiri said.

“If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar and his family and his representation. It’s not what I meant.”

Ujiri says that the opportunity to land Leonard was too good to pass up.

“When you have a chance to get a top-five player, which doesn’t come very often, I think you have to jump on it,” he said.

Ujiri also addressed reports that state Leonard has no interest in playing in Toronto.

“(Leonard) didn’t express a lack of interest to not play in Canada to me,” Ujiri said on Friday. “A lot of these things are everybody has their own opinion about everything. … I haven’t gotten that sense from Kawhi Leonard or his people, and I’m going to give him that chance when we meet face to face.”

“I’ve had conversations with Kawhi, with his agent, with his uncle and everything has gone well,” Ujiri said. “I look forward to meeting with them face to face, and that’s our responsibility … to figure it out and to make them as comfortable as possible. … I’m confident. I think we have a good game plan, and we’ll see how that goes.”

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76ers’ James Ennis Opting Out of Contract

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Philadelphia 76ers swingman James Ennis is turning down his player option for the 2019-2020 season, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Ennis, 28, will hit the free agent market on July 1st after posting 7.9 ppg, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season.

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Bucks’ Pau Gasol Out for Season

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Milwaukee Bucks veteran big man Pau Gasol is out for the rest of the season after undergoing surgery to repair a navicular stress fracture in his left foot, according to an official team announcement.

Gasol, who hasn’t played since March 10th, posted 3.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game for the San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks this season.

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Chris Fleming Joining Bulls’ Staff

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Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Chris Felming will be leaving the organization to join the Chicago Bulls as the top assistant to head coach Jim Boylen, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Fleming joined the Nets staff back in 2016 when head coach Kenny Atkinson took the helm.

Fleming also served as an assistant with the Denver Nuggets back in the 2015-2016 season.

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