The Los Angeles Lakers made the biggest moves of the summer when they acquired former NBA MVP, Russell Westbrook.
But they were close to acquiring another big name instead: DeMar DeRozan.
As it has been shared previously, DeRozan had multiple conversations with the Lakers in the summer, with both sides showing some level of interest. Unfortunately, talks never materialized, and DeMar ended up going to Chicago instead.
"They were great, honestly. Tried to make it work, had plenty of conversations with Bron. Tried to make it work. It just didn’t work. You know how the business goes. One thing can just change the whole dynamic on everything.
But, it was a hell of an opportunity that we tried to make happen. Me bring from LA would’ve been crazy, but some things just don’t work out. It’s always great just to have the opportunity,” DeRozan told Shams Charania.
Recently, DeRozan has a one-on-one sit down with Draymond Green, where he (again) talked about almost becoming a Laker.
Here's what he said:
“Yeah, I mean, it was, it was a real possibility. I mean, I’d be lying to you if I didn’t say I wanted to come home, you know? I did try to make it happen. There’s a real possibility on it happening. You know, just things didn’t work out, you know what I mean?” DeRozan said.
The 4x All-Star was born in Compton and likely grew up a Lakers fan. It would have been awesome to see him return there and help LeBron James and Anthony Davis capture a title.
We don't know what went wrong there, but it's possible DeRozan wanted more money than the Purple and Gold were willing to give him. Or maybe there were some reservations about how he'd fit with the team.
Whatever the reason, it's nothing but a "what-if" scenario now.