Six Teams Reported Interested In DeRozan – June 27
According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY, there are six teams that will be pursuing DeRozan once free agency officially begins. The Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, and Miami Heat will all be fighting over the All-Star shooting guard.
Although he’s drawing a lot of interest, DeRozan is adamant about staying in Toronto, and ESPN’s Tim MacMahon stated that the Compton native doesn’t want to sit down with any other teams.
DeRozan Opts Out – June 13
DeMar DeRozan, arguably this summer’s most sought-after free agent, has reportedly opted out of his contract for the 2016-17 season, per Chris Haynes of cleveland.com.
The move was expected, as DeRozan has the chance to get upwards of $25 million annually this summer if he signs a long-term max deal. Toronto is still going to be in play after reaching the Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history, and inking head coach Dwane Casey to a three-year extension. Along with the team’s success, DeRozan is coming off his best year as a pro and posted career-highs in points per game (23.5), assists per game (4.0), and three-point percentage (33.8%), on top of cementing himself as one of the league’s best slashing wingmen.
Also expected is for the Los Angeles Lakers to get a lot of consideration from DeRozan, who’s California born and bred, and who also will have a ton of cap room this offseason. He grew up in Compton and attended USC, which isn’t far from the STAPLES Center.