DeMar DeRozan Contract

DeMar DeRozan, a Best-Star guard for the Chicago Bulls, remarked that he was inspired to give his all during his rookie year with the team since he had been offered a deal that was “far below market value.” This was before the 2021-22 season.

While discussing the veteran’s minimum offer he received last offseason on Thursday’s The Old Man and The Three podcast with former NBA guard JJ Redick (starting at the 25-minute mark), DeRozan said, “It pisses me off.”

DeRozan said that the offer made him feel like he had a “personal vendetta” against a small number of NBA clubs and that this made him want to give his all every time he played against them.

While DeRozan didn’t specify which team or teams gave him the vet minimum, he did say that he scored at least 40 points in games against the 76ers, Bucks, Magic, and Spurs and that he scored 50 points against the Clippers.

The 33-year-old veteran said he based his outlook on the phrase “Revenge is best served cold” from The Godfather. He used this phrase throughout the 2021-22 season.

And it paid off for DeRozan: he set a new career best in scoring with 27.9 points per game and was nominated to the All-Star team for the first time since his final season with the Toronto Raptors in 2017–18.

During his three years in San Antonio after being moved from Toronto, DeRozan continued to be a valuable contributor while being overlooked for an All-Star nod.

DeRozan’s stats with the Spurs were better than his career averages with the Raptors in 206 games: 21.6 points per game, 6.2 dimes per game, 5.3 boards per game, and 1 steal per game while shooting 50.1% from the field.

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The fact that a team would want to sign DeRozan for the veteran’s minimum is unexpected, given his numbers. Since he signed a three-year, $85 million contract with the Bulls in a sign-and-trade deal, it’s evident the offer wasn’t even close to being enough to sway him.

DeRozan had one of the greatest seasons of his 13-year NBA career last year, averaging 20.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.9 assists in 76 games on 50.4% shooting from the field and 35.2% from deep. The 6’6″, the 220-pound wing was an integral part of the Bulls’ 46-36 record and return to the playoffs after missing them in 2016-17.

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Although the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Bucks due to a number of major ailments, they still have a good chance of competing in the Eastern Conference this year.

The Bulls have a chance to contend for an Eastern Conference title if DeRozan can keep a chip on his shoulder and if Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic, and the rest of the club can provide significant contributions off the bench.

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