West exec thinks Raptors make sense as a trade destination for DeMar DeRozan
With rumors recently swirling pertaining to DeMar DeRozan’s potential move away from the San Antonio Spurs, one anonymous executive from the Western Conference has proposed a rather interesting scenario for the 30-year-old.
Imagine DeRozan returning to the Toronto Raptors:
“It sounds crazy, but Toronto actually makes a lot of sense as a landing spot for DeRozan,” another Western Conference executive said, via Frank Urbina of HoopsHype. “As far as what Toronto is giving up, it would probably have to be a first-round pick plus Serge Ibaka or Marc Gasol.”
The Spurs have had a pretty slow start to the new campaign, and it is becoming clearer by the day that this particular San Antonio side probably does not have what it takes to legitimately challenge for the title this year. The 6-12 record even has people thinking rebuild.
Moreover, one very important factor to consider is that DeRozan currently has two more years remaining on his current deal, with next season being a player option. This means that the 6-foot-6 wing could decide to jump ship this summer and leave the Spurs with nothing to show for him. So unless San Antonio’s front office is somehow able to extend DeRozan’s current deal, the most logical move right now would be to trade him.
DeRozan spent the first nine years of his career with Toronto before being unceremoniously traded in the summer of 2018 in exchange for reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. During his time with the Raptors, DeRozan was able to establish himself as a well-loved figure within the city and the organization, so the team may be willing to welcome him back with open arms.