DeMar DeRozan and the rest of the Toronto Raptors are still within striking distance of winning the Eastern Conference Finals, but rumors are swelling that he is just awaiting the result of their series and will be bolting out to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers this summer.
DeRozan is taking the player’s option of his contract this summer and has opted out of his $9.5 million base salary for next season to become an unrestricted free agent. Signs and analysts have predicted that DeRozan will sign with the Lakers, but the question is are the Lakers willing to spend much for a player like DeRozan?
TMZ reports that DeRozan’s buddy and former teammate Romero Miller believes that his friend best fits with the Lakers and would love to play for his home team. Interviewed at The Grove, Miller stated that DeRozan wants to play for the Lakers despite playing for a team that is strongly in contention for a championship.
“He’s the best two-guard to ever play the game…just like any relationship you sign up with the team who wants you the most, who can attend to your needs…that’s where he will be,” Miller said.
However, some of the Lakers’ fans are not sold out to having DeRozan on the team’s roster. For one thing, they view DeRozan as a one-on-one player and do not share the ball with his teammate. Secondly, defense comes as a problem with DeRozan as he is more of an offensive type and not helping down on defense and lastly, with DeRozan in the Lakers’ roster it would mean lesser playing time for both D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson.
As the Lakers have a $60 million worth of contracts to offer this summer, it’s no doubt that top free agent will be tagged along with the Lakers. In addition, the Lakers are also hoping to land a potential franchise with the coming 2016 NBA Draft on June 23 in Brooklyn, with the worst ending the Lakers had this season. Everyone on their roster is not safe and might be shipped out, but the good thing is that general manager Mitch Kupchak wants to gamble with the young core of talents that they have and mix it up with veteran superstars who could lead the way for them next season.
One thing is for sure, with a $60 million spending budget, the Lakers are going all out for a rebuilding process and that might include DeRozan and other top free agents this summer.
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