NBA Trade Rumors: Toronto Raptors “working hard” to trade DeMar DeRozan

Dec 13, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) reacts against the Philadelphia 76ers at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors beat the 76ers 108-100. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Right now, the biggest trade rumor in the NBA is all about Omer Asik moving from the Houston Rockets to likely the Boston Celtics, but Asik’s name isn’t the only one being tossed around. North of the border in Canada, the Toronto Raptors have been very public in their efforts to move guard Kyle Lowry but they’re also looking to move another guard as well in DeMar DeRozan.

According to Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld, the Raptors are “working hard” to trade DeRozan and Lowry but the asking price for both players is higher than you’d think.

It’s not as though DeRozan is playing bad and that’s the reason Toronto wants to move him, but they’re clearly looking to build for the future and move all of their big pieces now. And by big pieces, that means big contracts as DeRozan’s $38 million extension from this summer is a contract the Raptors want off the books.

Trading DeRozan won’t be hard, as the 24-year-old guard has played well and young guards who are hitting their stride are all the rage in the NBA. The difficulty in moving DeRozan seems like it will be in the Raptors asking price, as Ingram noted as much in his tweet. DeRozan will be moved iin the right deal but it’s yet to be seen if the Raptors will lower their asking price or find a team willing to jump as high as they say.