The San Antonio Spurs may reportedly shop shooting guard DeMar DeRozan this summer to clear cap space, according to Bobby Marks of ESPN.
DeRozan has two years left on his contract with the Spurs. The All-Star guard will make $27.7 million next season and has a player option worth the same amount for the 2020-21 season.
Bobby Marks just said on the Russillo pod that he's hearing the Spurs may shop DeRozan to clear cap and they're targeting Bojan Bogdanovic. Start listening about the 40 minute mark. https://t.co/OE45I3tRbj
— Trevor Zickgraf (@TrevorWrites) June 7, 2019
In his first season with the Spurs, DeRozan averaged 21.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists. The 29-year-old California native shot 48.1 percent from the field and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.
The Spurs lost to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2019 playoffs in seven games. DeRozan put up 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists in the series.
If the Spurs do in fact trade DeRozan this offseason, it would be the second straight summer the guard is moved. DeRozan, of course, was traded by the Toronto Raptors last summer in the blockbuster Kawhi Leonard trade.
DeMar was very open about how the Raptors trade hurt him a lot. If the Spurs trade him, though, DeRozan likely won’t be shocked since he now understands the business side of the NBA.
This is just speculation, but the Los Angles Lakers could have interest in trading for DeRozan if they strike out in free agency and don’t acquire New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis. In the past, DeRozan has been linked to the Purple and Gold, who are now desperate to surround LeBron James with more talent.