When DeMar DeRozan said he wasn’t going to meet with any teams other than the Toronto Raptors, you could safely assume that deal would get done quickly once the calendar turned to July 1.
It took about two hours.
DeRozan and the Raptors have agreed to a five-year max contract, something first reported by Sam Amick of the USA Today, with Shams Charania adding the details.
DeRozan gets buckets. The man was an All-Star last February and now is part of the USA Basketball team for the Rio Olympics because of his ability to get into the paint and score. He averaged 23.5 points a game last season in Toronto. He, along with fellow Team USA member Kyle Lowry, drive the Raptors offense.
No doubt DeRozan needs to become more comfortable taking (and hitting) the three ball, but Toronto couldn’t afford to lose him, so they came up with a big number and he jumped at it.