Report: DeMar DeRozan opts out of contract, will become free agent


Is it officially bright lights and L.A.?

DeMar DeRozan just finished off one of the best seasons of his NBA career — averaging 23.5 points 4.5 rebounds, four assists, and a steal while teaming with Kyle Lowry to lead the Raptors all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals.

DeRozan has a player option worth $9.5 million for the 2016-17 season, but will turn it down and opt out, choosing to chase a huge mega-deal.

“My mindset has always been Toronto,” DeRozan said during his end-of-year news conference in May. “I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing.”

DeRozan — the ninth overall by the Raptors in the 2009 draft — is second in franchise history in points (9,436), minutes played (17,655), and fifth in steals (492).

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