​The Kawhi Leonard-DeMar DeRozan trade earlier this week is already at least as drama-filled as the Boston Celtics shipping off Isaiah Thomas last offseason for Kyrie Irving.

Intriguingly enough, DeRozan was purportedly promised not long before by Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri that the team had no intentions of trading him. ​And then... they traded him. 


During a press conference on Friday to discuss the deal, Ujiri issued an apology to DeRozan for what he described as a "gap of miscommunication."

​​Ujiri went on to continue his praise for what DDR did for the Raptors and the city of Toronto during his decade-long tenure.

​​It is unknown how DeRozan will react to this apology from his former general manager, as he has gone relatively quiet after his outburst on social media Wednesday,​ saying there is no ​loyalty in the game of basketball.

The situation is equally uneasy for the Raptors, as there is uncertainty about whether Leonard will report to the team. That is further ballooned by the fact that a certain former NBA Finals MVP was not present for Friday's presser.

First, Ujiri fired Coach of the Year Dwane Casey. Next, he traded DeRozan for Leonard. Daring moves indeed.

Ujiri tried to fan the flames of this dramatic inferno, but it remains to be seen if his gambits will be successful-- or more importantly, if DeRozan will even accept his apology.