The San Antonio Spurs are 31-29 on the year, good for ninth place in the Western Conference. Despite likely possessing enough talent to hang in there and make the playoffs, it appears as though the franchise is beginning to inch towards a rebuild.
One domino that inevitably needs to drop is the departure of DeMar DeRozan.
DeRozan, 31, is currently in the final year of his deal and has expressed interest in moving on.
What’s his next stop?
The New York Knicks seem like a strong possibility.
As noted by Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Knicks and DeRozan are a match made in heaven.
“If New York decides to aggressively pitch a premier free agent this offseason, DeRozan would seem to fit the mold of a player receptive to Thibodeau’s culture,” he wrote.
“The Spurs’ swingman is believed to have an interest in returning to the Eastern Conference, sources said, and there is plenty of scoring opportunity open in the Knicks’ rotation.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) April 24, 2021
This has been an interesting year for DeRozan. For most of it, he has operated like a man with nothing to lose. He knows his time in San Antonio is ending, and he’s been speaking out more vocally on just about everything as a result.
Will he keep that same energy next year when he is perhaps a member of the Knicks? Time will tell.