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DeMar DeRozan refutes reports he's hoping to join the L.A Lakers this summer

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DeMar DeRozan's season came to an end this week after the Cleveland Cavaliers advanced past the Toronto Raptors 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals and the shooting guard will enter free agency this summer.

Reports surfaced last week suggesting that the 26-year-old from Los Angeles, California would seek a move back home this summer, prompting speculation that the L.A. Lakers would make a move to bring two-time All-Star back to the west coast.

However, DeRozan was asked on Saturday whether he could find a better situation than his current deal in Toronto and the backcourt star seemed to suggest he was happy in Canada.

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"I don't think so," DeRozan said. "My mindset has always been Toronto. I've always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing, when we were terrible. I said I was going to stick through this whole thing, and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch that up after we win."

While DeRozan acknowledged his ties with the L.A. area, he insists the bond he has built up with his current organisation during a career-long stint is also extremely important to him.

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"I grew up in L.A. That's my home. There's not a part of L.A. I haven't seen," said DeRozan, who attended Compton High School and USC. "I don't get caught up into it. I let whoever comes up with that say what they want to say.

"The only thing appealing to me is the things I've done in this organisation and the things that can be done here. And that's always been my mindset since I've been here."

Will DeRozan stay put this summer or is a homecoming on the cards?

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Toronto Raptors
Atlantic Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
Western Conference
Pacific Division
DeMar DeRozan
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