KEY POINTS

  • DeMar DeRozan won’t fall short of suitors this summer
  • DeRozan has improved his game since joining the Spurs
  • The Spurs are still in play for DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan will be a man to watch this offseason--with multiple teams expected to try and get the 31-year-old to their side.

So far, teams like the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have been linked to the four-time NBA All-Star.

However, it cannot be discounted that he could return to the San Antonio Spurs.

There is no question that the 6-foot-6 swingman improved during his stint with the Spurs.

After being a long-time player for the Toronto Raptors, that trade that involved Kawhi Leonard got mixed responses.

However, it was pointed out by Raptors superfan Nav Bhatia that while it is disheartening, it was for DeRozan’s advantage.

True enough, DeRozan did improve in the last three seasons he was with the Spurs. He averaged 21.6 points 5.3 rebounds and 6.2 assists in almost similar 34 minutes of action.

Though his numbers improved, his three-point shooting stumbled. His percentage dropped from 28.8% to 22.7%.

DeMar DeRozan San Antonio Spurs DeMar DeRozan #10 of the San Antonio Spurs in action against the Miami Heat during the first half of the preseason game at American Airlines Arena on October 08, 2019 in Miami, Florida. Photo: Mark Brown/Getty Images

Regardless, DeRozan has shown he can produce points in different ways. But with teams now wanting people who can shoot it well from beyond the arc, it will be interesting who will seriously pursue the All-Star guard-forward.

But a key thing to watch here is the money that DeRozan would be looking for. He could seek a deal worth between $20 to $25 million or maybe more.

Hence, this could eliminate some teams who are interested in him unless they find ways to offload some talent to make room for DeRozan next season.