One thing that didn’t seem likely was a long courting process for DeRozan. He indicated by the time free agency begins, he’ll have a good idea of what he’s looking for — despite this being his first time as an unrestricted free agent.
“With me, I’m not necessarily one of those guys that’s wants to see and do this,” DeRozan said. “I’m a guy that goes with what’s comfortable for me. Come Thursday, whatever I feel at that time, whatever I feel is right for me, that’s the approach I’m going to take.”
The guess here is DeRozan gets some kind of five-year deal — maybe for a little less than the max — with Toronto. But if something doesn’t get done quickly, perhaps his hometown Los Angeles Lakers or some other suitor could get involved.
More NBA free agency: