Earlier this week, we passed along some comments made by DeMar DeRozan about the free agency process, which only lasted about two hours for him, as he quickly agreed to re-sign with the Raptors in the early hours of July 1. DeRozan also spoke to Michael Lee of The Vertical about his offseason, and he admitted that the idea of having the NBA’s highest salary in 2016/17, approximately a $16MM increase on his previous salary, hasn’t really sunk in.
“Honestly, I haven’t looked at it like [that],” DeRozan said. “It’s crazy when you do say it. But I’m going to go out there and play like I’m still playing for a contract.”
Here’s more from around the Eastern Conference:
- According to Bobby Marks of The Vertical, Miles Plumlee‘s new four-year deal with the Bucks has an annual $12.4MM cap hit, making it worth $49.6MM in total. Plumlee’s contract can max out at $52MM, so it features about $600K in unlikely incentives annually.
- In his latest mailbag at NBA.com, Keith Langlois discusses a handful of Pistons-related topics, including the possibility of a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope extension and Stanley Johnson‘s role and future with the team.
- Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel cautions that Heat fans should keep their expectations in check regarding the possibility of landing Russell Westbrook in free agency next summer, since Miami – and any other team besides Oklahoma City – is a long shot for the star point guard. Winderman suggests that it makes more sense for the Heat to focus on developing their young talent rather than to “build an entire season around an all-or-nothing run for Westbrook.”