It was as easy as just showing up. The Toronto Raptors and All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan have agreed to a new five-year $139 million contract that starts at $24.1 million for the upcoming season. DeRozan could have asked for a max contract starting at over $26 million per season, but gave the Raptors a hometown discount. He never was going to shop around to get the most money.
“I was passionate about (Toronto) when we were losing,” DeRozan said after the season ended. “We were terrible I would say I would stick through this whole thing. I wanted to be that guy who would bring this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch out after we win.
“My mindset has always been Toronto. I haven’t changed not one bit.”
The longest serving player on the team, DeRozan led the Raptors in scoring last season as they went to the Conference Finals for the first time in team history.
DeRozan only took one meeting to officially decide his NBA future. Franchises other than Toronto never even got a chance.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 1, 2016
NBA contracts can’t be signed until the July Moratorium ends on July 7.