NBA Rumors: DeMar DeRozan Expected To Receive Max Offer From Los Angeles Lakers

Nicholas Sciria

DeMar DeRozan will certainly be one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, and the Los Angeles Lakers will be one of the many teams interested in signing him. DeRozan is coming off a career year where he averaged 23.5 points, 4.5 assists and 4 rebounds per 36 minutes. Now, the Lakers and numerous other teams with loads of cap space, will work to lure him away from the Toronto Raptors.

That type of production has led teams like Los Angeles to become highly interested in his services. According to SportsNet, Los Angeles is prepared to offer DeRozan "the moon." DeRozan would rejuvenate a Lakers squad that is coming off a disappointing season coupled with the loss of Kobe Bryant to retirement. Jordan Clarkson will also become a free agent this summer, and it remains unclear if he will re-sign with Los Angeles. The Lakers know that serious roster upgrades are needed after winning only 17 games last season, and DeRozan's All-Star status could provide that pop.

Furthermore, the Lakers have a hometown tie that could be useful in contract negotiations. DeRozan was born in Compton, California, and he attended the University of Southern California for college. Heading back to the west coast will certainly be a selling point for Los Angeles in contract discussions.

"My mindset has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing. When we were terrible, I said I'm going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch up after we win."

Ultimately, the Raptors seem like a heavy front-runner in the chase for DeRozan. He wants to continue to build upon the success that Toronto has experienced over the past few seasons under head coach Dwane Casey. Although the Lakers have the cap space and the hometown ties to potentially lure him away from the Raptors, it would be a shocking development if Los Angeles was able to land DeRozan this summer.

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