The Toronto Raptors’ quest to bring an NBA Championship to Canada has come to a halt. The Raptors just lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals in six games. Now the offseason officially begins for the franchise. There were questions looming over the team. Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has a player option on his contract. Many people expect him to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. According to ESPN.com, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri stated that the former USC Trojans star will be the team’s top priority. The National Basketball Association’s new television deal means that DeRozan can make an estimated starting salary of $25 million next season.
After the game ended, DeMar DeRozan spent some time talking about how proud he is to have stuck it out with the Toronto Raptors. The All Star also stated how much unfinished business he has with the team that drafted him. From the sounds of it, it sounds like DeRozan would prefer to stay with the Raptors. If he were looking to play elsewhere next season, you wouldn’t be able to tell from what he has been saying to the media.
DeMar DeRozan was praised for his potential and work ethic. Looking at him now, he has been selected to the All Star game twice so far in his career. DeRozan is the longest tenured Toronto Raptors player. If he resigns, he would be on pace to become the franchise’s all time leader in points, minutes, and games played.
DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry formed one of the best back courts in the entire NBA. They led the Toronto Raptors to a franchise record in wins. This was the first time in team’s history that won 50 games in a single season. The Raptors finished second in the Eastern Conference. They were one game behind the Cleveland Cavaliers. Both players are in the prime of their careers. They are only going to continue to get better.
DeMar DeRozan has stated to the public that he loves the city of Toronto and would like to be back. His goal is to bring an NBA Championship to the franchise. Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will be making DeRozan the team’s top priority. The All Star is one of the top shooting guards available in free agency during the off season. If DeRozan does resign with the team, expect the Raptors to be a force in the Eastern Conference next season.
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