In an unsurprising move, Toronto Raptors all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan will elect to opt out of his 10-million dollar player option for next season and become a free-agent. The report by RealGm states that DeMar may remain loyal to the club that gave him his first opportunity to become a professional basketball player.
DeRozan is having a career year, proving that he’s consistently able to take his game to the next level. In 37 games, DeMar is averaging 22.6 points a career high 4.2 assists while shooting 44% from the field. The last few games especially have shown DeMar extend his range to beyond the three point arc. If DeMar is able to become consistent in this aspect of the game, there’s no doubt he’ll be demanding the max come this summer.
DeRozan is sure to garner a lot of interest this summer – let’s hope he stays loyal and the Raptors find a way to retain him. He’s currently the longest tenured Raptors after being drafted by the club 9th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.