DeMar DeRozan has declared that he wants to play for the Toronto Raptors for his entire career.
The 26-year-old has spent seven years with the Raptors thus far and has established himself as the team’s star player.
The shooting guard has confirmed that he will opt out of his contract at the end of the ongoing season and there have been rumours that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in acquiring his services.
However, DeRozan put an end to the speculation by making it clear that he has no plans to sign for any other team in the league.
“That's one you thing you can never question: my loyalty to the city,” DeRozan told host Joey Vendetta on the Jeff Blair Show. “How much I really love and appreciate the team and the organization. I think all the fans understand that. A lot of times they don't understand how contracts or things like that. But I've always stressed that this is where I want to be my whole career.”
Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was delighted to hear that DeRozan is eager to stay in Toronto, and told Prime Time Sport: “A new contract is what DeMar is going for and we feel we have a good shot. This is his team, this is a team that he knows very well, loves the city, is well-loved here, and we can offer him a year extra. There are so many things, so we feel comfortable.”
In the 39 games he has played this season, DeRozan is averaging a career-best 22.9 points and 4.9 assists, along with 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals.