DeMar DeRozan has only played for one team in his seven-year NBA career, the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan has blossomed into an All-Star in Toronto and has turned the Raptors into one of the better teams in the East, making the playoffs for the last several years.
Although DeRozan has already said he plans to opt-out of his contract in the offseason, he is not planning on leaving Toronto. DeRozan doesn't only want to re-sign, but he wants to spend his entire career with the Raptors. As it so happens, this is also what Raptors GM Masai Ujiri wants as well.
“That's one you thing you can never question: my loyalty to the city,” DeRozan told host Joey Vendetta on the Jeff Blair Show. “How much I really love and appreciate the team and the organization. I think all the fans understand that. A lot of times they don't understand how contracts or things like that. But I've always stressed that this is where I want to be my whole career.”
“A new contract is what DeMar is going for and we feel we have a good shot,” Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said Thursday evening on Prime Time Sports. “This is his team, this is a team that he knows very well, loves the city, is well-loved here, and we can offer him a year extra. There are so many things, so we feel comfortable.”
There are rumors that the Los Angeles Lakers will make a hard push to try and sign DeRozan but it sounds like the Raptors have nothing to worry about. The Raptors have had their share of franchise players like Vince Carter and Chris Bosh, but both players left via trade or free agency. DeRozan, on the other hand, seems committed to finishing his career, which is still a ways away, with the Raptors.