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The Spurs could extend DeMar DeRozan’s contract this summer

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A healthy Spurs squad faces a pileup at the guard position next season. How they handle their offseason is significant.

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There are lots of decisions to make for the Spurs this offseason. Although there is not loads of cap space, a bevy of moves can be made. One of those moves involves solidifying the future of DeMar DeRozan.

In 2016 the four-time All-Star signed a lucrative 5-year/$139M contract. He played two of those years in Toronto before joining the Spurs for the third year on his contract. He has a player option on the final year which terminates in 2021. This summer he is eligible to be extended.

Based on standard operating procedure for PATFO, it’s possible the Spurs make that offer.

In his first year with the Silver & Black, DeRozan averaged an impressive 21.2 points per game while hitting career highs in rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He created in the clutch and established himself early on as the game closer.

On the flip side, he earned more technical fouls than Spurs fans are accustomed to seeing and he has a strange propensity to drive into the paint, give up the dribble, and jump before looking to find an open man. When it works, it looks brilliant, but when it doesn’t DeRozan appears stifled and outmatched.

With Derrick White and DeRozan both playing the two guard and neither being built to handle the small forward position against most formidable opponents, a now vs. future Spurs dichotomy has developed.

Too much talent is not new to Gregg Popovich and it’s a good problem to have.

How PATFO handles it will define the future of the Spurs over the next few seasons.


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