Sport Bulls Upgrade Offense With DeRozan Addition, but Spurs Get Better End of Sign-and-Trade
DeMar DeRozan Appears To React To Lakers Rumor
Four-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan will become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and the Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly at the top of his list of potential landing spots. Per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, DeRozan and Kyle Lowry – former Toronto Raptors teammates – have interest in joining the Lakers this summer. […] The post DeMar DeRozan Appears To React To Lakers Rumor appeared first on The Spun.
Chicago keeps upgrading its offense with DeRozan addition after picking up Lonzo Ball on Day 1 of free agency.
DeMar DeRozan is trading the River Walk for Lake Michigan. The four-time All-Staron Tuesday. DeRozan is headed to Chicago as part of a sign-and-trade in which the Spurs will acquire Thaddeus Young, a future first-round pick, and two future second-round picks. DeRozan, 31, averaged 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists a night last season. Let’s grade this deal for both teams.
DeMar DeRozan says he hung up on Masai Ujiri when Raptors president called about trade
DeMar DeRozan believes Raptors president Masai Ujiri lied to him before trading him to the Spurs for Kawhi Leonard in 2018.Apparently, DeRozan felt that way immediately. He said he hung up on Ujiri when the executive called to deliver the trade news in 2018, as DeRozan detailed on “Club Shay Shay” with Shannon Sharpe.
DeRozan is a skilled player, and his contract is basically the going rate for someone who has been a consistent 20-point scorer for nearly a decade. After playing most of his career at shooting guard, DeRozan played a good chunk of power forward for San Antonio in 2021. That positional flexibility should come in handy for Chicago, which will be adding DeRozan to a core of Zach LaVine,and Nikola Vučević. DeRozan complements those players nicely. LaVine, Ball and even Vooch are all capable shooters, which should help mitigate DeRozan’s midrange-bound game. The Bulls are undeniably more talented than a season ago, and while the defense may not scare anyone at the moment, the offensive skill in the starting five is impressive.
NBA Free Agency: Lonzo Ball, Bulls appear headed for potential $80 million offer; Pelicans can still match
The Bulls are among a handful of teams that have been linked to Ball ahead of free agencyFirst this report came from Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer on Friday:
However, DeRozan’s impact on winning has always been murky. A disturbing trend is how often his teams perform better with him off the floor. In every season in which he averaged at least 20 points per game, DeRozan’s teams still had a better net rating when he was on the bench, according to Basketball Reference. The last time DeRozan’s teams had a better net rating with him on the floor as opposed to off was in 2012. On top of all that, this isn’t an outright signing. Chicago is losing a first-rounder to acquire DeRozan, which is significant after the front office already parted with two to acquire Vučević.
Perhaps head coach Billy Donovan can make this all work. His experience with Russell Westbrook should help him build an offense around LaVine and DeRozan—though it could also be illustrative of potential playoff issues that could arise should the Bulls make the postseason. Chicago is undoubtedly putting together a more capable roster in 2021. How much impact DeRozan can have on winning remains a question.
NBA Rumors: Stephen Curry, Warriors Moving Toward Four-Year Extension
The Warriors and Stephen Curry will reportedly soon be agreeing to a four-year extension with the Warriors. View the original article to see embedded media.The Warriors and Stephen Curry will soon be agreeing to a four-year, $215 million extension with the Warriors, according to longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein.Curry and the Warriors discussed an extension prior to this season, though general manager Bob Myers told The Athletic's Tim Kawakami that the two sides tabled talks following Klay Thompson's injury and agreed to pick up conversations after the 2021 season.
If you’re losing DeRozan as a free agent no matter what, this is not a bad haul for San Antonio. Thad Young is good, and he can either soak up minutes as a capable veteran or fetch a pick from a contender. The first-rounder coming back is the highlight of this move, especially if the Spurs didn’t have much interest in retaining DeRozan, anyway.
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