As he prepares to spend his second season in San Antonio, 4x All-Star DeMar DeRozan will have a lot to consider. The only thing more of a mystery than the status of his team is the status of his future. Will he remain with the Spurs?
The rumor mill has included his name several times throughout the summer, with the latest one coming from Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report. According to Swartz, he sees a scenario playing out in which the Spurs trade DeMar to the Oklahoma City Thunder for veteran point guard CP3.
“Paul, 34, is still a very good point guard when healthy, even if he’s overpaid. He’s best suited for a team in favorable salary-cap position that wants to win now. For the Spurs and 70-year-old head coach Gregg Popovich, Paul would be a great fit. Getting Paul would mean pairing one of the smartest players in the NBA with its best head coach — and opening up a potential title window for at least a season or two. The Spurs could start Paul and Derrick White in the backcourt while allowing Dejounte Murray to play limited minutes in his return from a torn ACL.”
At 34-years-old, Chris Paul is on one of the worst contracts in the NBA that will see him total over $155M over the next three seasons. As a result, the All-Star has become nearly untradeable despite his shining resume.
He averaged 15.6 points and 8.2 assists per game in 58 total games last season.