REPORT: DeMar DeRozan not happy with Spurs, could leave in summer
In a recent episode of ESPN San Antonio’s “The Blitz”, Young expressed that DeRozan could possibly be leaving the Spurs this summer.
“I don’t have to sugarcoat anything. DeMar DeRozan is not happy in San Antonio,” Jabari Young said. “The offense is not running smoothly as one should think with a guy like him in the lineup. There are problems. They’re not winning. They don’t look like they enjoy playing with each other. The roster just doesn’t fit”
If DeRozan does leave the Spurs this summer, he would forgo $27.3 million left on his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
DeRozan has played phenomenal this season, as he’s averaging a team-high 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 34.3 minutes per game. The 30-year-old is also shooting a career-high 52.6 percent from the field.
Despite the astounding numbers, DeRozan has been a liability defensively and has struggled to shoot and score from 3-point range in his tenure with the Spurs. DeRozan also doesn’t seem to fit in the team’s long-term plans, as they’ll most likely rebuild their roster after this season that saw them register just 27 wins in 63 games — 12th place in the West.
Nevertheless, the best option the Spurs can do is a sign-and-trade so they can get young assets in return. San Antonio has a bright future with their young players like Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, and Lonnie Walker. Giving them more playing time and rebuilding around them seems like the best option the organization could do this offseason.