NBA Trade Rumors: Why Toronto Will Not Trade DeMar DeRozan

Patrick YaghoobiansAnalyst IIJune 7, 2011

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There has been some very huge speculation this afternoon that the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves are in trade talks.

Toronto is apparently the top team in acquiring the No. 2 pick from the Timberwolves. There were rumors previous to these saying that Cleveland and many other teams were also interested in acquiring the No. 2 pick, but it seems as if after today, Toronto is the front-runner.

Back to the trade rumor. It is reported that the Toronto Raptors are willing to trade away DeMar DeRozan and the fifth overall pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Johnny Flynn and Minnesota's second overall pick.

This trade rumor was most probably made by a Minnesota reporter, as any news reporter in Toronto would be smart enough to know that DeRozan is the focal point of this young Toronto Raptor's squad.

There are so many reasons why Toronto would not do this trade and one of them was mentioned previously. You could have called DeRozan an average player after his rookie season, but during his sophomore season, where most players have a sophomore slump in which stats drop, DeRozan was a sophomore stud.

He increased his scoring averages, his rebounding, assists, steals and blocks per game averages with the most notable one being his scoring, which was more than doubled from the eight points he scored last year. He is a player who is willing to get better every day.

As a huge star for the fans and management, it is just so hard to believe that Bryan Colangelo is willing to trade DeRozan away for a player who has not proven that he could be a star or a possible bust (whoever is picked No. 2) and a point guard who has not really lived up to expectations (Flynn).

Sure Flynn could change completely with a different team, but the idea that the Raptors can draft someone like Kemba Walker (who is a proven winner and leader) or Brandon Knight (who has the most potential of all players) with the fifth pick, is a much better option than Flynn.

The idea of trading DeRozan AND our fifth pick for Flynn and Minnesota's second is just stupid and was probably told to the media by someone such as David Kahn, who is known for making bad moves as a GM.

Rumor and quotes are all from Hoopsworld.