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San Antonio Spurs: 3 threats to sign DeRozan this summer

Jun 11, 2021, 10:00 AM CDT
DeMar DeRozan - San Antonio Spurs v Brooklyn Nets
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The San Antonio Spurs are sure to be in for a very interesting offseason. With the Spurs having recently announced that they would not be extending a qualifying offer to Quinndary Weatherspoon, having six other players coming off the books, and being one of few teams that will have in excess of $40 million in cap space, the front office will have the ability to make some big moves if they so desire.

The most likely offseason change that the Spurs may see in the near future is the departure of DeMar DeRozan. In his three seasons with the Spurs, he and the team were only able to make it to the playoffs once, only narrowly missing the playoffs this past season with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in the play-in game.

There are several different possible situations in which DeRozan leaves the Spurs. Especially now given their first-round exit in the playoffs, the Spurs making a sign-and-trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers is a very real possibility despite the two teams being reluctant to trade with each other in the past.

Another very real possibility is that DeRozan becomes an unrestricted free agent in August and walks without a deal being made. The Spurs are far from being the only NBA team with the necessary cap space to sign a player like DeRozan, and it would not surprise me in the least to see him sign a deal with a team that could compete for a championship in the near future.

In the case that DeRozan becomes an unrestricted free agent in a couple short months, these three teams could easily become suitors for the 31-year old former All-Star.

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