DeMar DeRozan May be on the Move, Prefers Eastern Conference Team
The San Antonio Spurs are under .500% quite possibly for the first time in our lifetime.
At least it feels that way.
The Spurs are currently sitting in 13th place in the Western Conference at 5-8 and for the first time in over two decades, it may be time to admit that the Spurs are at a crossroads.
Gregg Popovich’s roster has a weird mix of veteran players and youth. In particular, the Spurs have two aging All-Stars who are regressing in front of our very eyes. They remain a top-10 offensive team, but for the first time in a long time, the Spurs are struggling mightily on the defensive side of the ball. Popovich’s team is ranked 24th in defensive rating and very quickly the heir of superiority surrounding the Spurs is starting to vanquish.
With that being said, the Spurs may be looking to sell off some aging assets in hopes of acquiring youth and draft picks to build around young point guard Dejounte Murray.
Former Toronto Raptor star DeMar DeRozan appears to be right in the middle of trade speculations. After offseason rumours suggested the Spurs are eying to ink the 30-year old shooting guard to an extension, the narrative has since flipped and the team may now be taking calls on the former All-Star.
DeRozan is averaging 19.8 points per game on 50-percent shooting from the field and has failed to hit a single three-pointer to this point.
The Orlando Magic have cemented themselves as early favourites to land the Compton native. One of the league’s best defensive teams, the Magic are ranked 25th in the NBA in offensive rating and are in desperate need of a scorer who can create his own offence. Moreover, the Magic have a plethora of young bigs and picks that can make a potential trade look very attractive for the Spurs.
It is an interesting story to continue to monitor as the Spurs look to be approaching a time where a reshuffling of the deck may become necessary.