Masai Ujiri has apologized to DeMar DeRozan for what he describes as a "miscommunication" about the All-Star's status with the Toronto Raptors.
Sources close to DeRozan had told ESPN's Chris Haynes that DeRozan met with Toronto officials in Las Vegas during summer league and believed that he would not be traded.
"I had a conversation with DeMar at summer league, and I really want to leave it at that," Ujiri said Friday. "We spoke ... I think maybe my mistake was talking about what we expected going forward from him. So, not necessarily talking about a trade but what I expect from him going forward, and I think that's where the gap was."
The Raptors traded DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard.
Ujiri added Friday: "In my job, I always have to assume we're going forward with the team that I have. If there was a miscommunication there, I do apologize to DeMar and his family and his representation. It's not what I meant."
Ujiri said the opportunity to acquire Leonard was too special to pass up.
"When you have a chance to get a top-five player, which doesn't come very often, I think you have to jump on it," he said.