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Report: DeMar DeRozan, Spurs far apart on contract extension talks

DeMar DeRozan, Spurs

DeMar DeRozan’s short tenure in San Antonio has certainly been a strange one.

The Spurs initially landed DeRozan during the summer of 2018 as part of a package they received from the Toronto Raptors in return for Kawhi Leonard.

However, after a relatively unsuccessful 2018-19 campaign in which San Antonio was bounced from the first round of the playoffs, rumors began to surface that the Spurs were looking to trade DeRozan after just one year.

Obviously, San Antonio didn’t make much progress on that front, as no legitimate trade rumors involving DeRozan even surfaced.

Then, some momentum began to build toward the Spurs actually trying to sign DeRozan to a contract extension, but according to Sam Amick of The Athletic, talks have not gotten very far.

Amick notes that the two sides have continued to discuss a new deal, but that they are “quite a ways apart.”

No exact details have been released on how much San Antonio is offering DeRozan or how much the wing desires, but the max deal that the Spurs can put on the table is four years at $150 million.

DeRozan has a $27.7 million player option for the 2020-21 campaign, and next summer, the cap is expected to spike to $125 million (although the current situation with China may change that).

Also, the 2020 free-agent class is pretty thin, so if DeRozan does opt out, he would probably be one of the more highly sought-out players on the market, at least at the wing position.

The 30-year-old averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds in his first season with the Spurs.