Russell Westbrook lands in the Los Angeles Lakers, but he may not be the name LeBron James really wanted this past summer.
ew Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan revealed he chatted with LeBron James about joining the Los Angeles Lakers this past summer. The 32-year-old insisted the discussion with LeBron was “fantastic” and called the possibility of playing football in his home city of Los Angeles “a huge opportunity”.
“I spoke with LeBron James, it was amazing, but unfortunately that couldn’t happen. You know, in the NBA even a small detail can lead to total change. . We tried to do everything we could,” regretted DeRozan.
It was a huge opportunity. To play in Los Angeles was the craziest thing that could happen to me. Unfortunately we couldn’t come to an agreement, but it’s good to have an opportunity like that.
“ Instead of bringing in DeMar DeRozan on a free basis, the LA Lakers recruited 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook in a deal that sent Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to the Washington Wizards on August 6.
Five days later, the 32-year-old moved to the San Antonio Spurs from the Chicago Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal. DeRozan will stick with United Center for the next 3 years with a value of $ 85 million.
DeRozan was a four-time All-Star and was one of the NBA’s top scorers after being selected by the Toronto Raptors in the 9th NBA Drat in 2009. After nine seasons with the Raptors, he was sent to the Spurs in 2009. 2018 under the agreement to bring Kawhi Leonard to Toronto.
Over the past eight seasons, the former Toronto Raptors player has averaged at least 20 points per game. In recent years, DeMar DeRozan has increasingly improved his passing ability under the guidance of coach Gregg Popovich. He averaged 6.9 assists per game last season at San Antonio.