Free agency can be an extremely lucrative time for a player in the NBA.
Sometimes it can be a player's first max-contract, other times, it can be their first chance at glory by joining a contender. If they're really lucky, it can mean both.
That appears to be DeMar DeRozan's thinking this summer, and he doesn't want to have to uproot to get it.
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According to Tim McMahon of ESPN, the California-born two-guard has stated his wish to remain in Canada and is not even entertaining meetings with other franchises from July 1.
"Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, opting to focus on working out a contract to return to the Eastern Conference finalists, a source told ESPN.com."
DeRozan suggested as much when the Raptors exited the playoffs at the hands of eventual champions the Cleveland Cavaliers.
"My mindset has always been Toronto," DeRozan told reporters the day after the Raptors were eliminated in the playoffs. "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."
It appears as though DeRozan and Kyle Lowry have a very high chance of returning together next season to make an assault on the east once more. Is that the best decision for DeRozan?