Masai Ujiri wasn’t happy with his maximum projected salary. DeMar DeRozan will become a free agent this summer. He prefers to return to the Toronto Raptors. Raptors GM Ujiri has also become flexible on the issue.
DeRozan was the ninth overall pick in the 2009 draft.
“That’s one you thing you can never question: my loyalty to the city,” DeRozan said in an interview with Joey Vendetta on the Jeff Blair Show. “How much I really love and appreciate the team and the organization. I think all the fans understand that. A lot of times they don’t understand how contracts or things like that. But I’ve always stressed that this is where I want to be my whole career.”
The 26-year-old shooting guard revealed that since his first day in the city, he has always felt so proud.
“A new contract is what DeMar is going for and we feel we have a good shot,” Masai Ujiri said on Thursday evening. “This is his team, this is a team that he knows very well, loves the city, is well-loved here, and we can offer him a year extra. There are so many things, so we feel comfortable.”
The reason for the change of mind involves DeRozan’s superb form. DeRozan is having a stellar season. His averages 22.9 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 4.1 assists are all career-bests.