After being one of the most improved teams in the NBA following the trade of Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, the Toronto Raptors are facing a pivotal offseason in which point guards Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez will be free agents.
Jabari Davis believes the Raptors should retain Lowry and possibly look to trade guard DeMar DeRozan.
I’ve gone back and forth on this topic, admittedly. I would like to see the Raptors come to an agreement with Lowry since it was such a good fit last season, but can completely see where you are coming from in terms of the money. To be honest, if I were them I would explore what they might be able to get for DeRozan on the trade market prior to the draft, as I would try to add relatively inexpensive another piece while re-signing Lowry. I realize DeRozan had a great season as well and started to prove that he is worthy of the contract many speculated over upon the signing, but I would at least consider the alternatives if forced to choose between a swingman and a point guard (more important position to their success under Casey) that can play at an All Star level.
DeRozan is an excellent scorer, but isn’t the most efficient player. Despite those issues, DeRozan is a very talented athlete and has developed into a good player, so the return in a potential trade for him would have to be excellent.
DeRozan averaged 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 42.9% from the field, 30.5% from beyond the arc and 82.4% from the free throw line.