As the San Antonio Spurs continue to try to salvage their season, the rumors continue to fly. The biggest question surrounding the upcoming offseason is what will happen between the franchise and their star, DeMar DeRozan, given the two sides haven’t come to an extension agreement. Wednesday afternoon, the latest rumor shed some more light on what might happen this summer.
In a piece for The Athletic (subscription required), Sam Amick and John Hollinger included DeRozan in a list of free agents with uncertain futures coming up. The article reveals that a source with knowledge says he’ll have a “wide-open” approach to free agency when it comes to where to go.
Despite speculation that DeRozan might be included in a trade deadline deal, little ever came to light on that front, as the most San Antonio did was sign Gorgui Dieng upon his clearing of waivers.
The way Amick and Hollinger speculate of DeRozan’s landing spots in the Athletic post makes it sound like his odds of returning to the Alamo City are slim. They go on to call DeMar the best wing available this offseason besides Kawhi Leonard, who they speculate is widely expected to stay with the Clippers.
As of now, there hasn’t been any information as far as any offers that were on the table for DeMar in late March, if any. With rumors like these continuing to leak out, it’s looking more likely that the Spurs will have let another former All-Star walk for nothing by the end of the free agency period.
Still, DeRozan has had to shut down numerous talks of “being unhappy” or wanting out of San Antonio in the past, so it wouldn’t surprise me to see him address rumors again before the season is over.
One thing is certain — DeMar doesn’t like losing, and his focus for the final third of the season will be taking the Spurs back to the playoffs, even if it may be the last thing he does in a Spurs jersey.