DeMar DeRozan is set to become a free agent this offseason and will have the opportunity to join any team he chooses. When he finally does decide on a destination, he can either sign with that franchise straight up, or he and the San Antonio Spurs can see whether a sign-and-trade is workable.
This past week Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times reported that DeRozan was intrigued by the prospect of joining the Los Angles Lakers.
“DeRozan, who starred at Compton High and USC, has interest in returning home to play for the Lakers, even if it is for less than the $27.7 million he earned last season in San Antonio, according to people not authorized to speak publicly on the matter,” he wrote.
At the moment, the Lakers only have five players under contract: LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol. In addition, the team has an option on Alfonzo McKinnie which will presumably be picked up and Montrezl Harrell has a player option which, despite his angry social media posts, he appears interested in picking up.
The chatter around DeRozan coming home to LA got so loud over the past few days that the 31-year-old himself opted to speak out.
In somewhat cryptic post, DeRozan tweeted:
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) July 24, 2021
What precisely does that mean? It’s anyone’s guess.
The path to DeRozan coming to the Lakers is actually quite clear. LA and the Spurs have the framework for a blockbuster trade in place, and finalizing the remaining details wouldn’t be especially difficult.
The Bucks owner’s daughter decided to bring 2021 in with a bang by stripping all her clothes off. https://t.co/UgzhEEna4o
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 7, 2021
Last year DeRozan suited up in 61 games for the Spurs and averaged 21.6 points and 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 6.9 assists per outing. He would immediately provide the Lakers with the third option they desperately need, all while fitting perfectly alongside James and Davis.
Will this deal ultimately get done? It’s impossible to say for certain. Should it? Absolutely.