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Report: DeMar DeRozan is unhappy in San Antonio

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Could the Spurs’ star swingman be on the move this offseason?

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DeMar DeRozan is reportedly unhappy in San Antonio and wants out, according to an anonymous NBA agent quoted in an article in The Atheltic by Ben Standig and Mike Vorkunov.

“DeMar DeRozan doesn’t like San Antonio and doesn’t want to be there. If those guys leave, they land with Dwane Casey in Detroit. That relationship with former coach is strong. Comes down to money (for Fred VanVleet) and the situation in Toronto is rough with the taxes. VanVleet on the Pistons elevates his status as the number 1-2 guy on the team.”

Despite securing the seventh-seed following a summer blockbuster trade that sent him to the San Antonio Spurs, the pair failed to build on their success and missed the 2020 playoffs in his second go-round.

The four-time All-Star has a $27.7M player-option to decide on this offseason, and DeRozan would be among the best players on the free-agent market if he declined the final year left on his contract.

Should the Silver and Black try to figure out a way to retain DeMar if he opts out in the coming months? Or should they let him walk for nothing and build around their young core and an incoming 2020 lottery pick?

Update: Unsurprisingly, DeRozan is denying he ever said any of this.