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.