Being The New Guy won't stop DeMar DeRozan from assuming a leadership role with the San Antonio Spurs.
Speaking from USA Basketball minicamp Friday in Las Vegas, DeRozan, acquired by the Spurs in the deal that sent Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to Toronto last week, is looking forward to working with young players, including third-year point guard Dejounte Murray.
"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 after the second and final practice of Team USA's minicamp, according to Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News. "And I plan to learn from those young guys as well, so I am definitely looking forward to it."
Murray made a good impression on DeRozan in the third game of the 2017-18 season when he scored 16 points, pulled down 14 boards and handed out six dimes in a 101-97 win by the Spurs over the Raptors at AT&T Center.
"He definitely stood out," DeRozan said. "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."
DeRozan relayed he and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is also head coach of Team USA, had a productive sitdown conversation.
"We talked about a little bit of everything," he said. " There will be plenty more talks, but it was cool to just to get a chance to talk to him here (away from the court)."