It appears that several teams remain interested in adding veteran free agent Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, but are trying to gauge his market. Jordan Schultz of ESPN reports (Twitter link) that the Clippers would like to sign DeRozan, as would the Spurs if the price is right.
Schultz notes that there are other clubs interested in DeRozan, but that, assuming DeRozan is not tendered an overwhelming deal, the former four-time All-Star will take his time in determining a destination.
Here are more free agency rumors from around the NBA world:
- With Lonzo Ball now headed to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal as a restricted free agent, another team that had been floated as a potential destination, the Celtics, will most likely not attempt to move on from guard Marcus Smart, tweets Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald. Murphy adds (Twitter link) that Smart is hoping to earn a four-year, $80MM contract extension from Boston. The Celtics, Murphy notes, appear more focused on 2022 free agency than this season.
- After being replaced in an upcoming sign-and-trade for veteran free agent point guard Kyle Lowry, former Heat guard Goran Dragic is hoping to be sent to the Mavericks, with the particulars of the deal between Miami and the Raptors still not disclosed, per Michael Grange of Sportsnet (Twitter link).
- Now that the news has broken that newly-minted NBA champion P.J. Tucker will be joining the Heat rather than return to the Bucks in free agency, Sam Amick of The Athletic notes a big part of the reason was Milwaukee’s exorbitant expected tax bill. The Bucks appear hopeful to replace Tucker’s versatile defensive contributions by agreeing to a deal with former Celtics forward Semi Ojeleye.