DeMar DeRozan lets the world know: He doesn’t want to talk free agency
Some NBA players can't wait to move from one team to another. Free agency is an extravaganza as they court interested teams and take their time making a decision.
DeMar DeRozan is not one of those players. The Toronto Raptors wing told National Post's Eric Koreen that the subject of free agency is actually one he'd rather avoid — to the point that talking about it can frustrate him:
That must have made Toronto's media day last week a less-than-pleasant experience for DeRozan, as the topic of where he might play next repeatedly came up. He has a player option on his contract for next season, but his current deal pays him just $9.5 million, which is almost certainly below his market rate as the salary cap expands in the coming years.
The good news for DeRozan is that the Raptors, like most teams, will have cap space with which to work as the TV money rolls in. If the team is inclined to keep one of their longest-tenured players around, there should be plenty of room to make both sides happy.
“I hate that, honestly,” DeRozan said in a one-on-one interview. “I never speak about it. With me, I’ve always been that one player: I’ve been loyal. I’ve been every single thing you can think of here. I think people don’t understand how much pride I take in playing (in Toronto). A lot of times when I do get asked that, it kind of frustrates me.
“Everyday I wake up, I take pride in being the longest Raptor here. People bring up third or whatever in franchise scoring — there is so much stuff like that.”