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Raptors, DeMar DeRozan reach terms on $40 million extension

Oct 31, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan goes to the basket against Bucks forward Tobias Harris during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto Reuters

The Raptors are rebuilding. Trying to figure out who is part of their future.

DeMar DeRozan is now locked in as a part of it.

At a bigger price that many expected, much likely more than he would have gotten on the open market.

The Raptors and DeRozan agreed to a four-year, $40 million extension to his rookie contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

DeRozan, the No. 9 pick in the 2009 draft, is very athletic and can play — he gave Toronto 16.7 points and 3.3 rebounds a game last season. But he doesn’t do it very efficiently — he shot 42.2 percent overall last season and 26 percent from three, which is less than ideal for a wing player. He had a below average PER of 12.8. He can finish around the rim and is solid when he gets in the paint, but outside 10 feet his shooting falls off according to Hoopdata — he took 5.5 shots from 16 feet out to the arc last season and shot just 35 percent on them.

While he’s strong when he can use his athleticism — such as in transition and on cuts to the rim, he scores more than 1.2 points per possession those ways (according to Synergy Sports) — he is average or worse when spotting up of working off screens. Which he does a lot more of than shooting in transition.

All of which is to say, $10 million a year is a lot to pay someone and if they get that kind of money you expect better production, better efficiency.

If the Raptors had not worked out this deal with him, it would have been interesting to see what the market would have been for DeRozan as a restricted free agent next summer. I get why he took the deal, he ‘s making more this way than he likely would have if the market set his price. I’m just not sold on this deal for Toronto.

  1. jmclarkent - Oct 31, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    They WAY overpaid for DD. He has improved his shot since entering the league, but that growth was from “terrible” to “below average”.

    10 mill per shows me that the Raptors are falling for the old “solid scorer on a team with limited options” rouse.

  2. Gordon - Oct 31, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Desperate teams overpay guys all the time. Just look at Houston.

  3. rocirius - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    He is not nearly as good as Courtney Lee who signed for about half that amount. Signing players like DeRozan, Harden and Gordon to such huge contracts is the reason these teams will struggle. It doesn’t help them create teams that can compete, plus it limits their financial ability to compete for elite players.

    I’m impressed that the Milwaukee Bucks were able to say no to extending Jennings. They need to find a team to trade him to so they can invest their money elsewhere.

  4. rickyspanish - Oct 31, 2012 at 11:52 PM

    The CBA can’t protect teams from their own GM. Bad decisions tend to sink teams as much as poor salary structures.

  5. badintent - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I get stuck watching this team 40 games a year on the west coast, since they last made the playoffs , their management and coaching staff has been a mess. They had one decent coach Sam Mitchell, who was Coach of the Year, and he got canned for insisting that the players work hard at defense, they complained to management and he was fired. They always draft soft European players that throw up long jumpers at crunch time( sound familiar Melo ? ) and won’t play in the paint or draft undersized guys like Ed Davis and Johnson. They choke and lose in the last 2 minutes of so many games they had leads , poor coaching.Like tonight for example, Been doing this for the last 6-7 years The more things change, the more they stay the same in Rapland.

    • badintent - Nov 2, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      Hey Raptors fans, YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH.!

  6. bougin89 - Nov 1, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    This is just bad. If you can’t get DeRozan for cheaper than this then you let him walk. 4 years and 30 million would be overpaying.

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