Spurs Trading DeMar DeRozan to Raptors, Pistons Or Rockets?
Are the Spurs trading DeMar DeRozan to the Raptors, Pistons or Rockets?
DeRozan, 30, is having something of an okay season. He is averaging 21.6 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.
His points are up a smidgen from where they were last season, but rebounds and assists are down a bit.
Overall, though, there has been no major change to his numbers.
What has changed is his impact on the team. Over the last few years DeRozan has led squads that at worst were playoff-bound and at best were title contenders.
That is no longer the case.
The Spurs are 7-14 through 21 games and currently sitting at No. 12 in the West.
For all intents and purposes, their season is done.
Naturally, the conversation has now shifted to where DeRozan will be traded or not. And if he is ultimately traded – where?
Interestingly enough, Toronto would make a lot of sense.
The Raptors have a pair of studs in Pascal Siakim and to a lesser degree Fred VanVleet, but the cupboard is pretty bare beyond that.
Kyle Lowry’s injury only further underscored the need of additional weapons.
Toronto could package together some combination of picks, Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol in the deal.
If not the Raptors, Detroit could make a lot of sense. DeRozan enjoyed his most successful career years under Dwane Casey, and a reunion could be mutually beneficial. The Pistons need another scorer badly, particularly since Blake Griffin has not looked the same since returning from injury.
Finally, don’t sleep on the Rockets. Houston is stuck in a weird middle ground where they almost feel like legitimate contenders, but still feel like there is something missing.
It is very reminiscent of last year’s Portland Trail Blazers.
DeRozan could be just the man to put them over the top.
While it is obviously not a lock that DeRozan will get traded before the deadline, it is safe to say that his days in San Antonio are probably numbered. Sooner or later, now or this summer, he will find himself on a new team. The question now is just which one.