Orlando Magic Interested in Spurs’ DeMar DeRozan if He Becomes Available

DeMar DeRozan with the Raptors in 2018. Photo by Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock

DeMar DeRozan’s time with San Antonio Spurs might be coming to an end. According to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Conner, Spurs are considering trading DeRozan if he doesn’t sign an extension before the trade deadline with Orlando Magic emerging as a possible partner.

DeRozan can become a free agent next summer if he declines a $27.7 million player option, which he is expected to do if he doesn’t sign a long term deal with San Antonio. This isn’t a likely option at the moment, as The Athletic’s Sam Amick recently reported that the two sides were far away in terms during the negotiations in the offseason.

Spurs will not risk losing DeRozan on the free market, so they will make him available before the All-Star weekend. If that happens, Magic will make an offer according to multiple sources close to the organization. Orlando is reportedly looking to get more scoring and see the 30-year-old as a viable option.

DeRozan hasn’t opened the season in great fashion, as he is averaging 19.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game. This is a notable drop from the previous season when he had 21.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 6.2 assists per game.