DeMar DeRozan has been a major stud for years now, as he’s quietly become the greatest player in Toronto Raptors history (according to several fans), and one of the league’s most dominant scorers.
Nonetheless, the Raptors have constantly fallen off the wagon when it matters the most, and now that they’ve parted ways with Dwane Casey and they’ve built quite a strong second unit led by young players, they may be looking at a rebuild.
Obviously, going through a rebuild would mean parting ways with their 28-year-old All-Star, as he’s just entering his prime and his value will never be as high as it is right now. Today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 trade destinations for him.
5. Charlotte Hornets
The Charlotte Hornets have struggled to fill the shooting guard spot for years now, and he’d become a major stud under Michael Jordan’s tutelage, considering he’s also a master of the midrange shot and thrived to score with his strength and athleticism.
A DeRozan, Walker, Howard big 3 would turn a lot of heads in the Eastern Conference for sure, and perhaps the Hornets could land DeRozan in return for Frank Kaminsky, Nicolas Batum, and the 11th pick of this year’s Draft.
4. Los Angeles Lakers
DeRozan is a California native and we already know he copied a lot of Kobe Bryant’s moves, so we already know he wouldn’t mind carrying Kobe’s torch while leading the Lakers back to Championship contention.
The Lakers are keen to get back to their former glory days and they could pursue DeRozan if they strike out on top-tier players like George or James, offering Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, Ivica Zubac and a 2020 1st round pick in return.
3. Dallas Mavericks
The Dallas Mavericks have been quietly putting together a very solid young squad for the future, and adding DeRozan to the mix would definitely put Dirk Nowitzki in the position to compete for another ring before retiring.
Sadly, they would have to part ways with quite a valuable asset in order to land him, offering Wesley Mathews and the 5th overall pick in this year’s Draft, but they would skip the rebuilding process and enter full win-now mode.
2. Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers could offer a good package, and they wouldn’t mind trying to make another trip to the playoffs even despite parting ways with Blake Griffin.
Furthermore, the Clippers have quite appealing assets to pull off this deal, having the capacity to offer the 12th and 13th overall pick as well as Tobias Harris in return for the All-Star shooting guard.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves haven’t been happy with what they’ve gotten out of Andrew Wiggins so far for sure, so sending him back to his native Canada may be a win-win situation now that he’s failed to take the next step on his career.
Even though the Butler-DeRozan duo would be pretty much a spacing nightmare, Butler’s defensive expertise would definitely open up a lot of room for DeRozan’s scoring to blossom, and he's a major upgrade for the Wolves big three.