It’s an extension or free agency for San Antonio Spurs’ guard DeMar DeRozan. According to Yahoo Sports, DeRozan will decline his player option and become a free agent if he doesn’t agree to an extension with the Spurs by June.
DeRozan has one year left on his old deal, which pays him $27.7 million. But thanks to an opt-out clause, the 30-year-old can become a free agent and likely command a bigger number on the free market.
This might be a wise decision, considering that this summer won’t be so star-studded like 2019’s free agency. If he enters the free-agent market, DeRozan could easily be one of the biggest names available and in line for a maximum contract. Some of the teams that have shown early interest are New York Knicks and Orlando Magic.
DeMar DeRozan has been playing very well this season, despite the fact that San Antonio Spurs seem like they won’t be able to catch the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. DeRozan is averaging 22.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while shooting a career-high 52.6 percent from the field.
DeRozan joined San Antonio in the summer of 2018 as part of a blockbuster trade that helped Toronto Raptors land Kawhi Leonard. He previously spent the previous nine seasons with the Raptors, who took him ninth overall in 2009.