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.
Raptors G DeMar DeRozan has officially opted out and is a free agent, league sources informed @clevelanddotcom. His deadline was June 15.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 13, 2016
“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).