Rumors and speculations are swirling around the Toronto Raptors star guard DeMar DeRozan regarding his plans of becoming a free agent on July.
The Toronto Raptors have finally ended the 2015-16 NBA season after losing the back-to-back Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland Cavaliers, in Game 6. It is indeed a spectacular season for the Raptors. They have established a franchise history for the team’s first appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals. Also, they are the first team to stop the Cavaliers 10-straight win, despite the predictions that they will be wiped out like the other teams.
DeMar DeRozan is one of the key contributors to the Raptors’ success. However, DeRozan will become a free agent on July and most NBA teams are expected to be lining up to sign him for their team. In the past months, there were speculations that DeRozan will be heading to Los Angeles this summer, and rumors were spreading that he will be playing for the Los Angeles Lakers next season.
“How appealing? I grew up in L.A.,” DeRozan said. “That’s my home. There’s not a part of L.A. I haven’t seen. I don’t get caught up into it. I let whoever comes up with that say what they want to say. Only thing appealing to me is the things I’ve done in this organization and the things that can be done here. And that’s always been my mindset.”
However, DeMar DeRozan broke the hearts of those who are expecting him to sign with the Lakers after he expressed his desire to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.
“I don’t think so,” DeRozan said. “My mindset has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win.”
Though the decision has not been official, there is a higher possibility that DeRozan will continue his journey with the Toronto Raptors and play for them in the succeeding seasons. The Raptors are surely feeling the same way. The backcourt tandem of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry can be considered one of the best duo in the league. Their ability to match with the powerhouse teams in the league is a sign how bright their future will be in the succeeding seasons.
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