The Toronto Raptors and shooting guard DeMar Derozan have agreed to a four-year, $42 million extension, joining Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin, Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry as players agreeing to contract extensions.
The deal is worth at least $36 million though incentives could bring the amount closer to $42 million.
DeRozan, selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 Draft and ahead of Lawson, has yet to make quite the impact as his colleagues.
He has averaged 14.1 points and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, numbers that don’t seem indicative of a contract that will pay him upwards of $10.5 million per year. DeRozan has produced a below-average player efficiency rating (PER) in three consecutive seasons.
The fourth year guard will need to make noticeable strides offensively — namely in efficiency; his shot selection has incrementally skewed towards long 2-pointers rather than shots at the rim — to justify a contract of this magnitude.