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February 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers small forward Matt Barnes (22) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors doubtful to trade DeMar DeRozan

After the Toronto Raptors traded Rudy Gay, rumors began to leak that everybody was available – including DeMar DeRozan. That said, the Raptors weren’t exactly having a firesale. If you wanted to acquire the former USC Trojan, you were going to pay a premium price.

But with Toronto now in the midst of a playoff run thanks to their improved play post-Gay, Bill Ingram of Basketball Insiders doesn’t believe the Raptors will trade DeRozan come the deadline.

The price was sky-high after they moved Gay and thought they were tanking. I don’t think you could get him now, given their shot at a division title and his phenomenal play.

In addition, there’s no contractual concern with DeRozan considering Toronto re-signed him to a four year, $38 million dollar contract in 2012. That’s not exactly ‘team friendly’ but it’s certainly not a contract you’d be in a rush to move either.

The rumors about trading DeRozan were a little odd to begin with, but it seems pretty clear he’ll be in Toronto once the clock strikes on the trade deadline.

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