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DeMar DeRozan expressed frustration following the Chicago Bulls’ loss in the Play-In Tournament. Despite his three-year tenure with the Bulls, they have only made the playoffs once, facing elimination by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2022.

Moreover, for the past two seasons, they have been ousted by the Miami Heat in the Play-In Tournament, an outcome DeRozan aims to avoid repeating. This scenario could significantly influence the veteran forward’s decisions in his upcoming free agency.

“My stance on wanting to be here is still the same but I just want to win,” DeRozan said.

DeRozan also appears aware that he doesn’t have many years left to pursue his goal of contending for a championship.

“Next time I play a game will be my 16th season,” DeRozan said. “You realize the window closes for you personally. I ain’t trying to play 25 years.”