Kawhi Leonard got part of his wish in that he was traded out of San Antonio, but his camp has been making it abundantly clear that he only wants to play for the Lakers or Clippers.
Leonard's injury last season was described as right quadriceps tendinopathy, and the Spurs listed him as out on their injury reports for much of the year, citing "injury management" - a designation that became a source of contention on the usually peaceful Spurs last year. Leonard stopped going to games late in the regular season and was not on the bench for any of the team's five playoff games against champion Golden State in the first round. Dwane Casey was the coach of the year who won 59 games and led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East last season.
For the Spurs, being able to get DeRozan back in the trade is a pretty successful result, at least when you consider that their relationship with Leonard is seemingly broken.
James's decision to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and sign a four-year, $153 million contract with the Lakers was undoubtedly the biggest of the off-season, but Wednesday's trade is a close second.
Aldridge reports (via Twitter) that DeRozan is not backing off his claim that Toronto lied to him.
News of the trade hasn't been met with any enthusiasm by DeRozan either and he took to Instagram to post a cryptic message hitting out at the Raptors for being disloyal and misleading him.
Leonard, a 6-foot-7 small forward, has averaged 16.3 points and 6.2 rebounds over his seven seasons with the Spurs.
The Raptors actually saw their odds start to improve once they started being mentioned in the Leonard sweepstakes, as they were as high as 60/1 on July 2.
DeRozan's fellow National Basketball Association players, including former Raptors teammate Lou Williams, were quick to echo his thoughts about loyalty in a league that has seen multiple former All-Stars traded since the start of last summer.
The Toronto Raptors, though, pose no real threat to signing Leonard long-term.
Leonard, 27, has made no secret of his desire to play in Los Angeles, which has a slightly different November climate than Toronto.
Now we know exactly what he was referring to. Due $20.09 million this season, he already declined a five-year, $219 million super-max extension from the Spurs.
Despite the acquisition of a superstar for the Raptors, every piece of analysis on the trade includes one major asterisk: "if he's healthy".
"Kawhi conducted himself wonderfully while he was here", Popovich said.