Former Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan says his trade to San Antonio last week caught him "completely off guard" as team president Masai Ujiri was never up front with him about any potential deal with the Spurs.

“I felt like I wasn't treated with what I sacrificed for nine years," DeRozan told ESPN's Chris Haynes on Tuesday night. "The respect that I thought deserved. Giving me the say so of letting me know something is going on. That's there a chance. That's all I wanted."

A week after shockwaves were sent around the league by the Raptors as they traded the face of their franchise for the past nine seasons to San Antonio for beleaguered former All-Star Kawhi Leonard, DeRozan is still trying to process what happened, from being traded to Ujiri's remarks in a press conference discussing the trade in which Ujiri talked about giving the team a chance to win, but with another disappointing sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was time to make a change.

"At the end of the day I gave everything I had to [the Raptors]. Every single day and night, whatever was asked from me to make us better. And it showed, it showed in the progress we made as a team, as me as an individual. So when you put that out there saying "gave them chances" and "I have to do something"'s's B.S. to me."

For DeRozan, it was the feeling of being blindsided by the only franchise he’s ever known that still stings a bit. DeRozan, a nine-year veteran in the NBA and four-time All-Star, understands the nature of the sport and how it’s a business, but he felt that Ujiri was not up front with him regarding a potential trade to the Spurs.

“Whether it's something I like or don't like, I'm going to accept it if you come to me and let me know beforehand. But don't make one thing seem like another thing and catch me off guard and do something else. That was my whole problem,” DeRozan explained. “My mindset was that I was always going to be in Toronto my whole career, but I was never naive of that not happening. Just let me know. Don't have me thinking otherwise. And that's where my issue came from, that's where my frustration came from. And I think it showed. From the fans to even myself – it just caught me completely off guard.”

According to DeRozan, at no point did Ujiri or the team say he would be traded.

“Man I was really stuck. I was like... I couldn’t think for a second you know because it just didn’t feel real. Like I said I didn’t have no indication like it would be something else... I asked ‘Was I going to be traded? Was anything going on?’ Multiple occasions it was no, it was nothing,” DeRozan said.

But DeRozan will be ready this fall for the Spurs and do whatever he can to show he’s the type of player that he is.

“I’ll go to a new organization, do the same thing. It’s not going to change the person I am. Now it’s a new chapter in my life to where I can exploit the type of person I am and get engulfed in that and be the best person and player I can be in that situation,” the 28-year-old said. “I feel like you get knocked back down, I’m going to show why I’ve been the player I’ve been. But this time, with a whole different level of ‘I don’t care about anything else.’”