DeMar DeRozan says he wants to play a leadership role at the San Antonio Spurs and help improve their younger players.
The 28-year-old admits he was shocked and hurt when the Toronto Raptors traded him to the Spurs, but once he comes to terms with his new environment he hopes to make a big impact.
"I'm going into my 10th year in the league, so with the knowledge and everything I've gained in this league, if I can help the next guy, that's what it is all about," DeRozan said is quoted by the San Antonio Express-News.
"And I plan to learn from those young guys as well, so I am definitely looking forward to it.”
DeRozan was particularly impressed by Dejounte Murray last season: "He definitely stood out. He made me a fan the first week of the season.
“I think he had a (near) triple double against us. You love to see young guys like that. So anything I can do to help, I want to do it.”
The former Raports player also expressed his delight at getting to work with legendary coach Gregg Popovich.
''It means everything,'' DeRozan explained. ''I could have ended up in the middle of nowhere with Joe Blow. I ended up in a great place that wanted me that strives for greatness. You can't ask for nothing better than that.''