DeMar DeRozan picks up $27.7M option, stays with Spurs
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DeRozan averaged a team-high 22.1 points and also put up 5.6 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game in 68 starts last season for the Spurs, who missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996-97.
The Spurs went 5-3 in the NBA “bubble” near Orlando when the pandemic-interrupted season resumed in July.
DeRozan completed his second season with the Spurs this year. He has averaged 21.6 points, 5.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds in 34.5 minutes while shooting 50.3 percent from the field and 83.7 percent from the foul line.
He and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo were the only two players to average 20-plus points, five-plus rebounds and five-plus assists while shooting over 50 percent from the field last season.
DeRozan also became the first player in Spurs history to produce more than 3,000 points, 800 rebounds and 800 assists in his first two seasons with the club.
More elite company: DeRozan is one of only five players to score 1,500-plus points in each of the past five seasons. The others are LeBron James, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook.
DeRozan, 31, is entering the final year of a five-year, $139 million contract he signed with the Toronto Raptors in July 2016. He was traded to the Spurs in July 2018.
Selected ninth overall by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Southern California, DeRozan has career averages of 20 points, 4.4 boards and 3.6 assists in 820 games (808 starts) with the Raptors (2009-18) and Spurs.