DeRozan has multiple suitors for his services, including the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, and the Toronto Raptors – should he opt-out this summer.
Both ESPN and the New York Post have revealed from sources close to DeRozan that he will not use the player option worth over $10-million dollars in the of the final year of his four-year contract signed prior to the 2013-14 NBA season.
DeRozan, 26, is seen as a top asset for the Toronto Raptors, as General Manager Masaj Ujiri has stockpiled talent around the young guard to stay among the elite in the talented Eastern Conference.
Aside from the Toronto Raptors trying to retain his services, two other teams are reportedly after DeRozan. These include the Brooklyn Nets and hometown team Los Angeles Lakers, both with enough salary cap space during this summer’s free agency season.
On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers are willing to offer DeRozan a maximum deal starting at $25-million per season to fill the void left by Kobe Bryant, who is retiring at the end of the season.
Among the three suitors, the Los Angeles Lakers are seen as the front runners due to their Southern California connection with DeRozan.
DeRozan is a Compton, California native, who played college basketball with the University of Southern California Trojans in the 2008-09 season.
The Raptors are under pressure to perform after failing to win a single game against Washington Wizards in the second round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.
Should they fail to move past the second round again this year, general manager Masaj Ujiri will have to reconsider his options, including the re-signing of DeRozan.
DeRozan, the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, is in his seventh season in the league.
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