Even though DeMar DeRozan decided to opt into his player option with the San Antonio Spurs, he could still get traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He could still end up with the defending NBA champions if the Lakers decide to sign and trade Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
The 27-year-old forward, who started 26 games for the Lakers last season, became a free agent after opting out of his player option. Though KCP could still a better contract with the Purple & Gold and be eventually traded for DeRozan.
Per Dave McMenamin of ESPN as transcribed by Corey Hansford of Lakers Nation:
“I certainly don’t think this means he has one foot out the door, but it does mean he’s earned a better salary than what he was making. $8.5 million, obviously in the real world that’s a great salary, but as a high-level NBA starter who was basically the Lakers’ third-best player throughout their playoff run, he should be looking at a salary in the $12 to $14 or $15 million range. The Lakers, because they have his bird rights, can offer that to him. Or he can be an attractive sign and trade piece. Things might not be completely dead in terms of their interest in a guy like DeMar DeRozan.”