DeMar DeRozan is expected to be one of the premier names in NBA Free Agency this offseason as he’s an unrestricted free agent for the San Antonio Spurs.
The writing is on the wall for DeRozan to depart in free agency after spending the past two years in San Antonio. With teams looking for versatile wings more than ever, DeRozan could have a decent market this summer.
This season, the Spurs used DeRozan in more of a small-ball power forward role, which could increase his value in NBA free agency. Having his skill-set on the floor to fill such a role
Teams that need a forward that can handle the ball are undoubtedly going to gauge interest once they are able to speak to free agents. There just aren’t much for high-level wing players that will be available this offseason and DeRozan certainly ranks atop the list — assuming Kawhi Leonard is off-the-table.
During the 2020-21 season, DeRozan appeared in 61 regular season games and provided averages of 21.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and a career-high 6.9 assists. He made it a point to show more playmaking ability in addition to his impressive scoring.
While some teams make more sense than others, here are the top landing spots for DeMar DeRozan in NBA free agency, ranked from last to first.
Portland Trail Blazers
The Portland Trail Blazers are undergoing organizational changes this offseason following the firing of Terry Stotts. Chauncey Billups is expected to be announced as his replacement, turning the team’s attention to the roster. Defense will be a priority, but could adding another dynamic scorer be on the table?
There are recent reports suggesting that Damian Lillard could request a trade from the Trail Blazers. Whether a trade comes into fruition or not, DeMar DeRozan could be a building block for Portland moving forward.
For quite some time, the Trail Blazers have been searching to find a wing player that can excel on offense consistently. They have mostly tried ‘3-and-D’ options but haven’t had a talent like DeRozan that can get the job done in a variety of key ways.
Even though Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington have done well in spurts, DeRozan would bring more consistency to the front court. It would be an intriguing way to perhaps convince Lillard that winning now is the top priority. Otherwise, he could fill a key role after a Lillard trade.