Did a dismal playoff showing give him any second thoughts?
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:
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.