Raptors News: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors Contract Extension May Remain Unresolved This Season
Toronto Raptors’ star DeMar DeRozan is keen to grab a more lucrative offer by refusing his player’s offer. Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri has confirmed that the Raptors won’t negotiate on any sort of extension offer during this season.
“There will be no extension talks with DeMar before the end of the 2015-16 season,” Ujiri told Free Association. “He can only extend for a certain amount of money and I just foresee that DeMar sees himself- and we see him- as more than that type of a player. So I think DeMar is going to wait to see how it goes this year and do the best deal for himself, and we’ll do the best deal for ourselves, too.”
So the contract talks look to remain unresolved till the beginning of next year. There is no denying that DeRozan is one of the finest players in the Raptors’ kitty. Only Kyle Lowry is considered as a much more fitter guy in the roster this season ahead of DeRozan.
The ninth overall draft-pick for 2009 NBA, DeRozan has a player’s option worth $9.5 million in 2016-17 NBA. But it is expected that the player shall turn it down seeking a much more lucrative and long-term deal. Due to NBA’s new television contract, the salary caps are expected to rise significantly after this season.