Report: Lakers Have Longstanding Interest in DeMar DeRozan

by January 09, 2016

DeMar DeRozan is expected to opt out of his $10 million player option this summer. If that is indeed the case, the Lakers will be interested in his services.

While the 26-year-old swingman said he intends to stay in Toronto, the chance to lead his hometown franchise into a new era might would present an intriguing option.

From the Toronto Sun:

While his hometown Lakers surely will be one of those suitors — they long have had interest in the swingman — DeRozan has always been fiercely loyal to the organization that drafted him, paid him what at the time was considered above market value on an extension (eventually it became one of the shrewdest bargains of then general manager Bryan Colangelo’s career) and made him the face of the franchise.


“I think I’m just excited for being in Toronto and people really getting a chance to see what Toronto is like,” DeRozan said Thursday after practice about his thoughts on the upcoming all-star weekend in T.O.


“The city, the culture, really, to put us on the main stage and let this city get the credit that it deserves that I feel like it never got.”