Reports indicate that the Magic are interested in trading for DeMar DeRozan. It would be wise for the San Antonio Spurs to at least listen to offers.
Trading away marquee players mid-season is not something the San Antonio Spurs would’ve done in the past, but times are changing. There’s no more Big Three of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker to rely on and R.C. Buford is not present to steer the ship in the right direction.
As a result, first-year general manager Brian Wright may need to adjust based on his predecessor’s decisions and redirect the Spurs after this difficult 5-7 start. Reported by renowned writer and columnist Kevin O’Conner of The Ringer, the Spurs’ most recent opponent could be in the market for a dynamic scoring wing.
“Multiple league sources say the Magic are scouring the trade market for scoring help and have already expressed interest in trading for DeRozan.”
A breakup between San Antonio and its leading scorer wouldn’t be a complete shock considering the team’s stagnation over the last two years. For as well as DeMar DeRozan fits with the Spurs’ culture off the court, his ball-dominant style and limited arsenal as a three-point shooter and defender oftentimes hurt his team.
For many Spurs fans, the most exciting reason to watch the team is the flourishing young players. Moving DeRozan for a younger, more impressionable player could help set forth the next generation of Spurs basketball – one meant to emphasize a team-first playstyle with an improved defensive presence.
DeRozan’s team-leading performance in the Spurs’ two-point loss in Orlando could’ve boosted his value in the eyes of the Magic, but what are their most enticing trade chips?