A lucrative contract beckons De Mar De Rozan this summer.
But less than 24 hours after the Toronto Raptors' finest season in franchise history came to an emotional close, De Rozan said he's committed to this team and the city of Toronto.
De Mar De Rozan has ridden the Raptors' roller-coaster over his seven seasons in Toronto, hanging on through the team's highs and lows like no other current player.
Through it all, he says, he's never wanted to play for anyone else.
A lucrative contract beckons the 26-year-old this summer.
But less than 24 hours after the Raptors' finest season in franchise history came to an emotional close, De Rozan said he's committed to this team and the city of Toronto."I took pride in putting that Raptors jersey on when people counted us out, or when people said ' Why go to Toronto? "' De Rozan said."My mindset has always been Toronto. When we was terrible, I said I'm 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 up after we win."The future of the two-time all-star and team's leading scorer looms large over the Raptors as they head into the off-season.
Toronto was eliminated Friday night by Cleveland in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference finals debut, ending a thrilling 20-game post-season run. He loves the growth pattern that we've had the past few years and he's a big part of that."The Raptors met with the media on Saturday, the morning after they walked off the Air Canada Centre court to raucous applause and appreciative chants of "We the North!
De Rozan has a player option for next season worth $10 million US, but he's expected to test the open market, and could earn a max deal worth more than double that. I let whoever comes up with that say what they want to say," De Rozan said. "They came within a remarkable two games of the NBA finals, and that will sting for awhile, said Kyle Lowry."I'm still disappointed," Lowry said.
There's something to be said, however, for playing an entire career for one franchise."I think that's the most incredible thing you can do, me personally," De Rozan said. "Only thing appealing to me is the things I've done in this organization and the things that can be done here. "De Mar said it best yesterday: ' All the work you put in, it wrecks all summer to get knocked down. Just have to wait to get the disappointment out of me."The Raptors are expected to begin talks on Casey's contract soon as well.
"That's awesome."Reports have linked him to his hometown Los Angeles Lakers. And that's always been my mindset since I've been here."Raptors coach Dwane Casey said you can take De Rozan at his word."That's one great quality he has. Now you're back at the bottom of the podium with everyone else. The 59-year-old coach has one season left on his current deal at the Raptors' option for $4 million US next season.
He all but spiked them on Saturday."I grew up in L. Casey, who led the team to a franchise-best 56 wins and the No.