After Offseason Trade Rumours, Spurs Open to Offering DeRozan the Max
DeMar DeRozan may be staying put in Texas for a while.
While the San Antonio Spurs have yet to kick around any sort of extension talks with their star guard, reports suggest that the Spurs are open to offering DeRozan a max contract extension before the start of the upcoming season. The report first came to light via Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News.
According to Finger, Head Coach Gregg Popovich “genuinely likes the group he has assembled in San Antonio” and values DeRozan’s presence around the current unit. The 30-year old still has two years remaining on his current deal, meaning a max extension would bring DeRozan to the wrong side of his 30s.
Earlier in the offseason, there were rumours that the Spurs were even looking at trading DeRozan, but it seems as though those desires has faded.
Primarily a one-dimensional volume shooter, DeRozan has established himself as one of the more lethal offensive players from the mid range in the entire NBA while also displaying a relentless desire to attack and finish at the basket. That being said, DeRozan is a below average defender and passer, who shot a putrid 15.6-percent from long range last season.
Taking a long-term gamble on DeRozan may come back to bite Coach Pop and the Spurs, but it seems the franchise is not ready to move on from DeMar nor LaMarcus Aldridge in favour of handing the keys over to their young assortment of players.