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Lakers Among Teams Likely to Offer Max Money
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Zach Lowe of ESPN reported "a bunch of teams, including DeRozan's hometown Lakers, are prepared to offer him a max deal starting at $25 million per season, and the Raptors know they will have to spend big to keep him."
DeRozan Likely to Opt Out of Contract
Friday, Jan. 8
"I can tell you he’ll opt out. But how he feels about Brooklyn—or anybody else—I can’t say. Only he can answer that,’’ Brian Lewis of the New York Post.reported, per a source, adding that DeRozan feels the Raptors have treated him well. DeRozan “has a trait that’s been lost by so many players," the source noted. "It's called loyalty."
As Lewis reported, opting out doesn't guarantee he would leave Toronto, but DeRozan would want more than the projected $9.5 million he's set to receive in 2016-17.
What DeRozan Provides Offensively
The 26-year-old shooting guard is averaging more than 20 points per game for the third straight season and has not scored less than 16.7 per game since his rookie campaign in 2009-10.
His 22.6 points per game ranked 11th in the NBA heading into Friday night's game and could help out a 10-25 Nets team that does not have a shooting guard who averages more than 10.0 points per game.
The former Southern California Trojans star will have plenty of suitors in the summer if he continues to play like this, per the NBA:
Whether he would want to go to Brooklyn remains in the air, but DeRozan is a player the Nets could use in a wide-open Eastern Conference.