NEW ORLEANS, LA – FEBRUARY 16: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers shakes hands with DeMar DeRozan #10 of the Toronto Raptors during the 2017 All-Star Media Circuit at the Ritz Carlton on February 16, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Bruce Yeung/NBAE via Getty Images)

Newly acquired San Antonio Spurs Swingman DeMar DeRozan is likely not to be present at this year’s NBA Africa Game in the aftermath of his mammoth trade.

The nine year veteran player who will play his 10th season in the NBA with San Antonio, was recently traded from Toronto Raptors in exchange for Kawhi Leonard.

DeRozan has since withdrawn his name from the flagship exhibition game which is due to take place on August 4 in Pretoria, South Africa.

Many reports point to DeRozan’s absence as a way of disassociating himself from Raptors Manager Masai Ujiri who is a major stakeholder in the Game.

DeRozan was set to lead Team World-a group of select NBA players-against Team Africa- a group of select NBA players of African heritage.

On the contrary, news from the 2016 Olympic Champion indicates he wants to use the time to adapt to his new team.

Next month’s game will have the likes of Philadelphia Sixers Center Joel Embiid featuring in the game which climaxes the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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