DeMar DeRozan has officially opted out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors for the 2016-17 season. Should the San Antonio Spurs court the shooting guard in the offseason?
It may be a long shot to land DeRozan in a Spurs uniform for the coming season, but what impact could DeRozan have with San Antonio? Sit back and compare DeRozan and Danny Green and you can add your pros and cons on how each player could help San Antonio. Green is coming off of a season where he did not shoot the ball as well as years past, but defensively he still makes an impact.
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DeRozan is an explosive player and has an edge on Green offensively, especially in creating his own shot. What the Spurs lacked in the playoffs was a player that could slash in the lane, draw contact and get a foul. The team was settling for a lot of perimeter shots and made it easier for teams to defend them, as there were no signs of penetration.
The seven year pro has spent his whole career in Toronto. A career 18.1 point per game scorer, DeRozan is coming off of a season where he averaged 23.5 points per game. He helped lead his team into the playoffs were his scoring dipped, but still averaged 20.5.
Green in the playoffs was a non factor offensively. He averaged 8.6 points per game and when the Spurs relied on him to get going, Green was nowhere in sight. What DeRozan will bring to the team is consistency.
For the first time in his career, DeRozan will be a free-agent. He will definitely see teams knocking on his door for his services. He is a great talent and has a lot of upside. Just think of the Spurs lineup if DeRozan would sign: Tony Parker, DeRozan, Kawhi Leonard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Tim Duncan (if he decides to come back). You got yourself three legit scorers in the middle of the pack. Surely that’s something that would benefit both Leonard and Aldridge.
What are your thoughts Spurs fans? Should San Antonio court DeRozan?