The San Antonio Spurs have cooled off significantly following a 3-0 start to the season. And though the team has not made a midseason trade in more than five years, we could see some change before February’s annual trade deadline.
In his list of five NBA players who could “surprisingly” be traded this season, Bleacher Report’s Dan Favale led off with DeRozan, who turned 30 this August.
“Moving DeRozan would be more of a business decision. He holds a $27.7 million player option for next season, and if he declines it, the Spurs risk his landing a mammoth deal in a free-agent market begging for recognizable names.”
The possibility that he could leave San Antonio via free agency in the summer of 2020 is becoming an increasing likelihood as the season progresses. If he declines his player option, he may ask for more money than the Spurs are willing to pay him.
This season marks the third straight dip in DeRozan’s scoring average, going from 27.3 points per game in 2017 to 20.3 in six games this year.
Though he has shown his capability in facilitating others, perimeter shooting remains a problem for him.
Since the departure of Kawhi, there have always been doubts about how far the Spurs could go. DeMar, like it or not, is not enough to fill the void left by Klaw’s absence.
A rebuild may be on the horizon for the Spurs.