Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan says it was ‘tough to take’ not playing final 4:46 vs. Rockets
The Spurs blew a 25-point lead to the Houston Rockets and DeRozan didn’t play the final five minutes of play, which the All-Star guard said was “tough to take.”
DeRozan on not playing in the final 4:46: “It’s always tough to take. You want to be out there, compete, help your team win. It definitely sucks when you are not out there.” #Spurs
— Tom Orsborn (@tom_orsborn) December 17, 2019
The Spurs are 10-16 on the season. They are in the 12th spot in the Western Conference standings and have a lot of work to do if they want to make the playoffs for the 23rd straight season.
DeRozan has been the subject of trade rumors since the Spurs are faltering. The high-flyer can become an unrestricted free agent next summer if he declines his 2020-21 player option with the Gregg Popovich-coached squad. Some believe San Antonio should trade DeRozan and get something in return so they don’t lose him for nothing in free agency.
In 26 games this season, DeRozan is averaging 20.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He’s shooting 50.1 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 79.5 percent from the free-throw line.
San Antonio still has time to string some wins together and get back in the playoff picture. However, if the Spurs continue to fall in the standings, we could see DeRozan and/or fellow All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge get dealt.