Report: Spurs could offer DeMar DeRozan a max extension before season
There has been some talk about the San Antonio Spurs potentially looking to trade DeMar DeRozan this offseason, but that seems unlikely to happen. In fact, they could end up committing to him long term rather than moving on from him.
The Spurs have not ruled out the possibility of offering DeRozan a maximum contract extension prior to the 2019-20 season, according to Mike Finger of the San Antonio Express-News. While his team certainly is not going to be favored to win the Western Conference, Gregg Popovich is apparently happy with San Antonio’s current roster and is not looking to make any major changes like trading DeRozan.
DeRozan, whom the Spurs acquired when they traded Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors, averaged 21.2 points, 6.2 assists and 6.0 rebounds last season. It doesn’t make sense for the Spurs to enter a rebuilding phase while Popovich is still their coach, and they reportedly explored the possibility of adding an established veteran before the NBA Draft. An extension for DeRozan would be less surprising than a trade.