DeMar DeRozan Trade Rumors: Anonymous Agent Claims Five Possible Fits After Star ‘Don’t Like San Antonio’


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DeMar DeRozan was to replace Que Leonard as San Antonio’s franchise player. Actually this has not happened. He has not made the All-Star team since being traded to San Antonio, and the Spurs missed the playoffs for the first time since 1997 under his watch in the Orlando Bubbles. Now the 31-year-old DeRozan is making a $ 27.7 million player option and is unhappy in San Antonio. An anonymous agent told Athletic, “DeMar does not like San Antonio nor wants to.”

DeRozan denied the report on Instagram with the caption “I’m trying to figure out when I said that s – t,” but was not the first source to suggest his displeasure with the athletic Spurs. Former Spurs Beat writer CNBC’s Jabari Young called “DeMar ain’t happy” on ESPN San Antonio’s “The Blitz” in San Antonio. The Spurs have a number of young guards who need minutes and touches, including Dayout Murray, Derrick White, Cledon Johnson and Lonnie Walker IV. Ideally, they would probably want to move on from D’Arozan and kickstart their rebuilding around those youngsters.

But DeRozan is not denying that player option, or at least he shouldn’t. Given his age and declining production, he is not offered just $ 27.7 million for this offseason. It is especially true that this effect has been on the cap of coronovirus. If he is playing for a new team next season, it will certainly be through a trade. The question is, how many teams does he need? Although Derajan’s shot-creations could help a lesser team grow into playoff contention, his poor defense and lack of 3-point shooting made him a poor fit on teams with championship aspirations. He doesn’t fit in particularly well with other stars, at least in theory, and at 31, the younger teams probably won’t be very interested.

The San Antonio market may pick up, but some teams turn out to be reasonable options.

  • The agent, who told The Athletic about D’Arosan’s unhappiness in San Antonio, told Detroit about his relationship with head coach Dwayne Casey. Pistons have cap space to choose from so easily that they can easily absorb Darajan easily. If they want to retain cap space, they say, they have some expiring salaries (Tony Snell, Derrick Rose) to potentially send back, for a run by former teammate Fred VanWelt of Darajan. To keep it intact. Still, the Pistons have been stuck in the middle of the Eastern Conference Pack for years. A DeRozan-Blake Griffin Core sounds like yet another No. 8 seed. In a season that may not include gate revenue, that may not appeal to Detroit.
  • Orlando fits the same mold as Toronto. Magic president Jeff Weltman came from Toronto, where he had a hand in building rosters around Darajan. They have been without a primary perimeter scorer for years, and through Evan Fornier and Khem Birch, can spend $ 20 million concurrently in eliminating salaries. Like Detroit, though, the Magic are probably not satisfied with playing for the middle, especially with Jonathan Issac to overcome a torn ACL. They seem to have potential for tanks.
  • DeRozan is a Los Angeles native who grew up idolizing Kobe Bryant. The Lakers need another bowler. A package built around the expelled salaries of Danny Green, Jewell McGee and Avery Bradley is possible, but all three of those players are better defenders than DeRozan. The Lakers won their championship with defense, and shooting was also a concern. DeRozan does not help on that front either. The Lakers must rely heavily on their shooting and defense along with every other rotation spot to take a shot at DeRozan.
  • Never dismiss Nax in big-name trade talks. Acquiring DeRozan would be cheaper in cash than a Chris Paul trade, and would also cost less in assets. If the goal is simply bringing in a star to help change the team’s reputation, then De Rogan can work. But Paul is almost certainly better on that front. His influence on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander is evidence of what he can do for RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, and his reputation as president of the NBPA is unmistakable. He can shoot. DeRozan cannot. The Knicks need shooting around those two young Cornerstones. This is a possibility, but a slim one.
  • There is nothing that trade suggests that DeRozan would be interested in returning to Toronto. Masai Ujiri has admitted that their relationship has not yet been completely revised. But the Raptors lost to the Celtics because they didn’t have anyone who could make their shot late in the playoff games. DeRozan can, and his expelled salaries will not hinder his 2021 cap space ambitions. The issue here is about the use of money. Rappers don’t have enough money to send Spurs back at this point to make a deal easier, but there are possibilities through sign-and-trades or step-ladder deals. The Spurs will receive Norman Powell, a valuable role player whom the Raptors may prefer to transfer as salary ballast to 2021-22 anyway and Patrick McCoy. The odds of this happening should be seen as almost nonexistent, but it makes sense in the context of basketball.

None of these are trade slam docks. DeRozan’s contract is hardly toxic, and his flaws are not debilitating. But he is an expensive player who does not fit on as many good teams as at least a starter or anything more than a sixth man. They are not being paid money to the sixth man, and in a cap crunch, some teams want to overpay for someone who does not defend or shoot at a high level. DeRozan on a contender makes sense in a league that no longer exists.

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