DeRozan picks up $27.7 M option, stays with Spurs
San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan exercised his $27.7 million player alternative to stay with the Spurs for the 2020-21 season, the group revealed Monday.
DeRozan, a four-time All-Star, stated previously in the day on social media that was he was staying with the Spurs.
“I’m back, San Antonio! Anticipating training school and building on the high level of play we displayed in Orlando,” he tweeted.
DeRozan averaged a team-high 22.1 points and likewise set up 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game in 68 starts last season for the Spurs, who missed the playoffs for the very first time since 1996-97.
The Spurs went 5-3 in the NBA “bubble” near Orlando when the pandemic-interrupted season resumed in July.
DeRozan completed his 2nd season with the Spurs this year. He has actually averaged 21.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds in 34.5 minutes while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the foul line.
He and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo were the only two gamers to typical 20-plus points, five-plus rebounds and five-plus helps while shooting over half from the field last season.
DeRozan likewise ended up being the first player in Spurs history to produce more than 3,000 points, 800 rebounds and 800 helps in his very first two seasons with the club.
More elite company: DeRozan is among only 5 gamers to score 1,500-plus points in each of the past five seasons. The others are LeBron James, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.
DeRozan, 31, is going into the last year of a five-year, $139 million contract he signed with the Toronto Raptors in July 2016. He was traded to the Spurs in July 2018.
Picked ninth total by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Southern California, DeRozan has profession averages of 20 points, 4.4 boards and 3.6 helps in 820 video games (808 starts) with the Raptors (2009-18) and Spurs.