Spurs Trading DeMar DeRozan To Heat, Magic Or Pistons?
Are the Spurs trading DeMar DeRozan to the Heat, Magic or Pistons?
It certainly looks that way.
DeRozan, 30, is having the sort of season everyone has come to expect from him over the past decade.
He is averaging 22.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game this year. The point total is slightly up from last year (on a better shooting percentage, no less), while rebounds and assists are slightly down.
On paper, though, DeRozan is having a reasonably fine season.
The problem is that San Antonio is currently having an uncharacteristically awful season with him and LaMarcus Aldridge at the helm.
Through 18 games the Spurs are currently 6-12. A franchise known for its constant resilience and ability to persevere without big name stars suddenly looks very, very mortal.
Clearly changes need to be made, and those changes will no doubt include trading away DeRozan.
The big question now is: who will step and offer up something good for him?
Miami is one option. So far the Heat are doing great with a core of Jimmy Butler and a bunch of young talent, but they will need a little more firepower to make real noise in the East.
A package consisting of either Kendrick Nunn or Tyler Herro as centerpieces would make a lot of sense.
If not the Heat, Orlando could also swoop in and make something happen.
Aaron Gordon has been off all year long, and clearly the Magic’s big-heavy approach at constructing a roster has not worked up to this point.
A deal where San Antonio gets a young star in Gordon and Orlando picks up a proven vet in DeRozan would work out well for all involved.
Finally, don’t sleep on the Pistons. Detroit tried really hard to make a splash when they acquired Blake Griffin from the LA Clippers. They partially succeeded, but they still need to get him and Andre Drummond more help.
What would Detroit have to give up? Most likely some combination of Bruce Brown, Langston Galloway, Luke Kennard, Sekou Doumbouya and Tony Snell.
Where will DeRozan ultimately find himself? It’s hard to say.
The only thing we know for certain at this point is that the marriage between him and the Spurs will come to an end sooner rather than later.