DeMar DeRozan, the shooting guard, is expected to re-sign a five-year maximum contract with Toronto Raptors when free agency begins next week, according to a league source.
According to ESPN’s Tim McMahon, DeRozan has no interest in taking meetings with other teams despite earlier reports that linked the all-star with the Los Angeles Lakers.
DeMar DeRozan wants to be loyal…
DeRozan, who led the Raptors in scoring last season with a career-high tally of 23.5 points, 4 assists and 4.5 rebounds, has reiterated his desire to stick with Toronto on several occasions. “My mindset has always been Toronto,” DeRozan said after his No. 2 seed Raptors were eliminated by the No. 1 seed Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals last month.
“I’ve always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing, when we were terrible. I said I was going to stick through this whole thing, and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch that up after we win,” added the Compton native.
To sign five-year deal worth $153 million…
DeRozan is expected to accept a five-year maximum contract worth $153 million. Since Toronto own DeRozan’s Bird Rights, they can go over the salary cap (projected at $94 million for the 2016-17 season). Other teams vying for DeRozan can offer him a maximum contract worth $114 million over four years.
McMahon reported on Sautrday: “Toronto’s decision-makers have made it clear that re-signing DeRozan, a southern California native whose name was often linked to the Los Angeles Lakers in speculation about this summer, is their top offseason priority.”
Masai Ujiri, the Raptors general manager, has reiterated that his team’s No.1 offseason objective was to bring back DeMar DeRozan. “Our No. 1 goal is to bring DeMar back here. We feel great that he wants to come back to our organization,” Ujiri had said in the season-ending news conference.