Report: DeMar DeRozan officially opts out

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DeMar DeRozan reportedly planned in January to opt out this offseason.

Did a dismal playoff showing give him any second thoughts?

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Before the playoffs, teams would’ve rushed to offer DeRozan a max contract. Now, they might deliberate a little then offer him a max contract.

That’s just the reality of this cap environment. DeRozan will earn far more next season than the $10,350,000 he would’ve made by opting in – potentially up to the max (projected to be $25,894,800).

DeRozan is a 26-year-old scoring wing with a strong track record of improvement. Yes, his defense and outside shooting raise questions – especially in the playoffs – but plenty of teams would be better of with him than whatever their consolation prize would be.

That probably includes the Raptors, who say they want to re-sign him. DeRozan sounds like he wants to return, too.