Unlike Kevin Durant, who is expected to meet with at least six teams, DeRozan has stated that he’ll only take a meeting with the Raptors, the organization he’s spent his entire NBA career playing for. That won’t stop others from sending their offers, though.
According to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports, six teams have expressed interest in DeRozan and hope to lure him to their respective cities: the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, and the Golden State Warriors.
DeRozan has discussed his love for the city of Toronto and their fans, and after such a successful season, it will be especially hard for him to leave. The Raptors won 56 games in 2015-16, a franchise record, and they reached the Eastern Conference Finals, good for the best finish in the team’s history.
DeMar has also built a strong bond with fellow All-Star backcourt mate, Kyle Lowry. They’ll play on the United States’ Olympic team together this summer in Rio.
Another pivotal point is that the Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year maximum contract, whereas other suitors can only offer him four. The stars appear to be aligned for DeMar to stay in Toronto, but if negotiations hit a snag, he has no shortage of other options.
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