With DeMar DeRozan atop the NBA’s rumor mill, it seems inevitable that the star guard will wind up on a different team before the season’s end.
But this summer, he might find things a little more challenging as, according to ESPN Insider Bobby Marks, the market for DeRozan in free agency is “dry.”
“I like DeRozan as my third option, and those types of players are not earning near max-type money,” a league executive told ESPN.
According to league executives, DeRozan isn’t seen by most teams as a “max” level type of player. And with only a few teams having that type of money anyway, the 30-year-old guard may have a hard time finding the contract he’s looking for.
Perhaps most concerning to teams is his outdated playstyle. DeMar DeRozan has bent back to his old ways — a reluctant 3-point shooter that gets most of his buckets by means of slashing to the basket or pulling up from mid-range. He rarely even attempts shots from beyond the arc.
That, coupled with his age, will make things really difficult for the 4x All-Star this summer. Only the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Memphis Grizzlies will have enough money to sign him to a max deal, and they have more than enough reason to hesitate in signing him.