San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan will decide on his NBA future this upcoming off-season. The 31-year-old was traded to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard and has played three seasons for the grey and black since the blockbuster trade. DeRozan is an unrestricted free agent and has recently spoken to Shannon Sharpe about his future in the NBA.
"It's all about winning at this point. Going into my 13th season and seeing all these guys just competing for a championship . At this point, you go to weigh out the opportunity to winning a championship kind of more. Especially with the career I've had. I've been fortunate to make a lot of money but at this point, the ultimate goal is to compete for a championship."DeMar DeRozan on his NBA future
In his three seasons in San Antonio, DeRozan has averaged 21.6 points and has significantly improved his playmaking ability compared to his Toronto days (6.9 APG this last season). In addition, DeMar has been a key veteran for the Spurs as they continue to develop their young players; however, the Spurs are nowhere close to competing for a championship, which is what DeMar wants at this stage in his career.
If DeMar stays in San Antonio, he will most likely continue to play big minutes and mentor the young guys on the team. Nevertheless, this will not benefit the Spurs as every minute DeMar takes will result in fewer minutes for guys who are the franchise's future. For this reason, The Spurs signing and trading DeMar to a contender will not be a bad move for the organization, as they will grant DeMar´s wish and benefit from any players or picks they will receive.
DeMar interested in joining the Lakers
The Spurs are going through a rebuild, and deep playoff runs are still a few seasons away. Despite DeMar´s good relationship with players, coaches, and the organization. This issue might push the former All-Star outside of San Antonio.
Recent reports have stated the DeRozan wants a move to the Lakers alongside his former teammate, Kyle Lowry. This could be beneficial for the Spurs as a sign-and-trade would help them get something out of the situation. However, that will trigger a hard cap for the purple and gold, which is why DeMar is willing to take a pay cut.
There is still time for DeRozan to decide where he will play next season. Nevertheless, it is the most exciting free agency case in the NBA. Will he re-sign with San Antonio or join a contender? Only time will tell.