According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Orlando Magic have shown significant interest in acquiring DeMar DeRozan as they look to bolster their backcourt.
This is a team at a crossroads. Despite the fact that he has performed ably since arriving in Texas from Canada, DeRozan might not be in town for that much longer. He could even be traded ahead of the deadline. DeRozan can become a free agent in 2020 by declining his $27.7 million player option; he was far apart from the team on extension talks before the season, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick. The Spurs could always deal him sooner rather than let him walk for nothing. Multiple league sources say the Magic are scouring the trade market for scoring help and have already expressed interest in trading for DeRozan.
It would surprise none of the front-office executives I’ve spoken with if the Spurs did move DeRozan.
The Spurs are seemingly stuck. With DeRozan and Aldridge, they have a roster that will never be quite good enough to make a significant postseason run. They aren’t bad enough to try and shoot for a lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
Unfortunately, letting go of their present reality might be the only way to improve their future.
Insert the Magic into the picture, and San Antonio is given a way out. They can deal DeRozan to Orlando for future assets, and start their rebuild in earnest. For the Magic, the acquisition of DeRozan should provide them with the scoring punch they need to move up another rung in the East.
It’s a deal that could benefit both sides, and DeRozan is the key to making it all work.