DeRozan Thought Move to Lakers was “Done Deal”, Happy to be in Chicago
There was plenty of uncertainty surrounding DeMar DeRozan’s future this past offseason.
The San Antonio Spurs star opted out of the final year of his deal and was set to enter free agency once more and it appeared as though he sights were set squarely on a move back home to California.
In fact, DeRozan’s agent actually worked on a sign-and-trade for his client to end up with the Los Angeles Lakers, but those plans were halted once the Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook on the day of the NBA Draft. DeRozan would instead agree to a sign-and-trade to the Chicago Bulls.
“I felt like going to the Lakers was a done deal and that we were going to figure it out. I was going to come home,” DeRozan told Yahoo Sports. “The business side of things just didn’t work out. A couple of things didn’t align. It didn’t work out. It’s just part of the business, part of the game. My next option was definitely Chicago. So, looking back at it, it worked out well.
“But there’s always motivation. It may be just to come home and play in front of friends and family, competing against teams you grew up watching. There are all sorts of motivations that you carry and you try to channel that energy into the game. I find that in every game, but definitely coming back to your hometown, you want to play well and you have that motivation to put on a great show.”
The Los Angeles Clippers were also in on DeRozan this past Summer, but lacked the pieces to make the move realistic.
“They didn’t have much, but it was a conversation that was brought up and it didn’t get as far as the Lakers’ situation,” DeRozan told Yahoo Sports. “Both L.A. teams were definitely a big possibility for me.”
That being said, DeRozan has remained a complete professional throughout the experience and has helped lead the Bulls to a 10-4 record in the early goings of the season. Through 14 games, the 32-year old guard has averaged 26.9 points per game.