DeMar DeRozan plans to opt out of his contract if the San Antonio Spurs and the four-time All-Star can’t agree to an extension this offseason, according to a report made by Yahoo! Senior NBA Insider Chris Haynes.
If DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs are unable to agree on a contract extension, DeRozan plans on declining his player option to enter free agency this summer, per @ChrisBHaynes.— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 11, 2020
The news broke mid-game on the Tuesday night TNT broadcast of the Spurs versus the Mavericks, and word spread like wildfire over social media and a plethora of media outlets.
The second-year Spur denied the story after the game dispelling it as nothing more than a rumor, but the Silver and Black have much to think about as their disappointing season quickly comes to an end.
DeMar DeRozan calls out news of him planning on opting out untrue. Not that it will or won’t happen, just not the case right now.— Matthew Tynan (@Matthew_Tynan) March 11, 2020
“I said that? So it’s a rumor? Did my Mama say that?”
San Antonio was bounced from the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets in game seven in their first go-round with LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan at the helm, and the 2020 postseason seems like an impossible goal as the good guys sit in 12th place with a 27-36 record.
DeRozan has been silent on the topic of his NBA future since he came to Alamo City alongside Jakob Poeltl in a blockbuster trade that sent Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors.
It wouldn’t be surprising if the eleven-year veteran and the characteristically quiet Spurs franchise keep their business between them until a decision is made, and we shouldn’t expect to hear much from either party anytime soon.