SAN ANTONIO – DeMar DeRozan is in San Antonio and by all accounts adjusting well to the Spurs way and culture.
Los Angeles-based photographer Nikki Boutte posted several photos Thursday on her Instagram account of the new Spurs guard at the training facility with current members of the team, head coach Gregg Popovich and franchise icons Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.
Rudy Gay and Dejounte Murray can be seen in the photos as well.
DeRozan was traded to San Antonio this summer in a blockbuster deal for Kawhi Leonard.
He spent nine seasons with the Toronto Raptors where he was a four-time NBA all-star.
DeRozan was initially not thrilled about the trade because he felt as if he'd been lied to by the Raptors organization, but said at the Team USA minicamp in June that he was ready to move on.
"Second chapter of my basketball career, my life, just moved on. Accept everything that come(s) forth. You know how I am, when it comes to working and my approach to the game of basketball, it's just a new page of me to be able to make a step," DeRozan said.
DeRozan said he knew he landed with a world-class organization and with a coach he respects and has admired for years.
“I’m in a great place that wanted me, that strives for greatness,” said DeRozan.
It appears as if DeRozan is getting a feel for the place firsthand based on the photos. The Spurs open the preseason on Sept. 30.