NBA trade rumors have suggested for some time that the San Antonio Spurs might look to pull off a DeMar DeRozan trade here soon. The Spurs missed out on the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996-97. They are going nowhere fast with this current core group and will soon start anew with a rebuild.
Set to become a free agent after the 2020-21 season, it makes sense for the Spurs to deal DeRozan. If that were to happen, here’s a look at the five-most ideal DeMar DeRozan trade scenarios.
DeMar DeRozan trade to the Miami Heat
- Spurs get: Tyler Herro, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk, 2025 first-round pick
- Heat get: DeMar DeRozan
Based on their interest in both Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden, it’s rather clear that the defending Eastern Conference champions are looking to go all in following a shocking NBA Finals appearance last season. It might cost a pretty penny to add DeMar DeRozan to the mix, but the wing is more than worth it. He’d be a tremendous fit with the likes of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.
As for the Spurs, they get that blue-chip prospect to help build around for an impending free agent. Herro is a true rising star. The 2019 first-round pick averaged 16.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.7 assists on 38% shooting from distance during the playoffs. San Antonio also picks up a valuable potential trade chip in that of Andre Iguodala and a valuable future first-round pick.
DeMar DeRozan trade to the Washington Wizards
- Spurs get: Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown, Ish Smith, Robin Lopez, 2021 first-round pick
- Wizards get: DeMar DeRozan, Drew Eubanks
The Wizards are not sitting idly by and wasting Bradley Beal’s prime years or waiting for him to request a trade. That was evident when they pulled off the blockbuster deal for Russell Westbrook a little while back. It’s clear that Washington’s brass wants to build a winner in order to entice Beal into signing a long-term deal. However risky it might be, adding DeRozan to the mix could help here. That would give Washington three legit All-Star performers.
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This trade would be interesting for San Antonio in that it would be able to add a stud young center in Thomas Bryant who averaged 13.2 points and 7.2 rebounds last season. Troy Brown is a former first-round pick with upside. Meanwhile, the 2021 first-rounder San Antonio acquires in this hypothetical DeMar DeRozan trade would be unprotected.
DeMar DeRozan trade to the Indiana Pacers
- Spurs get: Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Doug McDermott, T.J. McConnell, two first-round picks
- Pacers get: DeMar DeRozan, LaMarcus Aldridge
To say that there’s some drama behind the scenes between Indiana and impending free agent Victor Oladipo would be an understatement. There’s a darn good chance that the former All-Star will be dealt ahead of the trade deadline. If so, using him and another castoff in that of Turner to acquire DeRozan would make sense. The veteran would team up with Malcolm Brogdon, T.J. Warren and fellow All-Star Domantas Sabonis to form a tremendous foursome. Aldridge as a throw-in is really nice, too.
From San Antonio’s perspective, this DeMar DeRozan trade would give the team a still-young center in Myles Turner to build around. It was not too long ago that Turner was considered one of the most-skilled young bigs in the game. However, the two future first-round picks would be the centerpiece for the Spurs here.
DeMar DeRozan trade to the Golden State Warriors
- Spurs get: Andrew Wiggins, Eric Pashcall, 2021 first-round pick
- Warriors get: DeMar DeRozan
Already linked to James Harden, these Warriors are not resting on their laurels following the season-ending injury to Klay Thompson. They also have somewhat of a logjam at small forward following the acquisition of Kelly Oubre. Why not pick up a legit All-Star to replace Thompson for a season? Heck, DeRozan could ultimately re-sign and play the three. Either way, a starting five of Stephen Curry, DeRozan, Oubre, Draymond Green and James Wiseman would be really nice.
This specific DeMar DeRozan trade forces San Antonio to take a chance on Wiggins, who is looking good thus far during the preseason. In order for that to happen, Gregg Popovich and Co. pick up a very Spurs-like player in Paschall and either the Timberwolves’ top-three protected pick in 2021 or Warriors first-round selections next year and in 2023.
DeMar DeRozan trade to the Los Angeles Lakers
- Spurs get: Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, 2025 first-round pick
- Lakers get: DeMar DeRozan
Just imagine Compton native DeMar DeRozan heading back to Southern California to play for his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. For the stud guard, this would be a dream come true. Prior to picking up Dennis Schroder in a trade this fall, the defending champs were also linked to DeRozan. It would be a boon for general manager Rob Pelinka. A starting five of Schroder, DeRozan, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol would be incredibly difficult to beat.
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Not only do the Spurs wants a blue-chip youngster in a DeMar DeRozan trade, the team would like to add a first-round pick or two. This deal accomplishes both with Kyle Kuzma being the centerpiece. It was not too long ago that the forward was considered one of the better young forwards in the game. He’d be integral to the Spurs’ rebuild plans.