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DeMar DeRozan: DeMar DeRozan Snub Costs Lakers, Heat Their Championship Move...

DeMar DeRozan: DeMar DeRozan Snub Costs Lakers, Heat Their Championship Move...
Published Time: 07.07.2024 - 15:00:26 Modified Time: 07.07.2024 - 15:00:26

He was one of two bright spots on a disappointingly mediocre Chicago Bulls team and, despite his insistence that he wanted to return to the organization, will continue his career elsewhere. DeMar DeRozan



DeMar DeRozan is headed to Sacramento on a three-year, $74 million sign-and-trade deal, per Adrian Wojnarowski and Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

DeRozan played 37.8 minutes a game last season, scored 24 points per, and added 4.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 1.1 steals to the mix. He also shot 48 percent from the paint and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

He was one of two bright spots on a disappointingly mediocre Chicago Bulls team and, despite his insistence that he wanted to return to the organization, will continue his career elsewhere.

The Heat needs another legitimate star to go along with Jimmy Butler and with both Caleb Martin and Haywood Highsmith potentially leaving in free agency, will be in need of at least one forward.

New Orleans' Brandon Ingram is an option but one would be hard-pressed to find a way to make that deal possible given the veteran forward's $36 million cap hit in 2024-25.

The team, though, has just over $5 million in space under the second cap apron, according to Spotrac, and would not have been able to accommodate the deal DeRozan inked ahead of the trade.

The Lakers benefited from LeBron James taking a pay cut in hopes of the team making a big splash this off-season. That has not happened.

They also needed a forward to bolster their roster and potentially help them compete against Denver, Minnesota, and Dallas out west.


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