DeMar DeRozan is one of the many playmaking wings linked to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer. The Lakers are seeking more offensive punch and veteran star power, and the Compton native certainly checks those boxes.
Conveniently, the Lakers’ pathway to acquiring DeRozan looks a lot easier after his appearance on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” show on Monday. The former USC Trojan did not deny the appeal of playing for his hometown team and hinted that he could be willing to take a massive pay cut to join a contender:
“It’s all about winning at this point,” he said. “Going into my 13th season and seeing all these guys just competing for a championship. At this point, you got to weigh out the opportunity to winning a championship kind of more. Especially with the career I’ve had. I’ve been fortunate to make a lot of money, but at this point, the ultimate goal is to compete for a championship.”
“You can’t ask a kid if they want to play at home (and think) they’ll say no. At some point, you will definitely want to have that opportunity, and especially if they want you. Why not? It’s a great opportunity.”
That is music to every Lakers fan’s ears.
(DeRozan and Los Angeles have been circling each other for years. In 2016, armed with cap space, the Lakers nearly splurged on him in free agency, but the Raptors retained him on a max contract. Last offseason, Rob Pelinka tried to deal Kyle Kuzma and Danny Green for DeRozan before pivoting to Dennis Schroder. DeRozan called it an “honor” to be of interest to the Lakers.)