DeRozan scored 20 points (5-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 9-12 FT) while adding two assists, two steals, a rebound and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's preseason win over the Magic. The former Raptor looks ready to kick off his first campaign in San Antonio. DeRozan may not be quite the all-around asset Kawhi Leonard was, but he should still be the Spurs' primary offensive threat off the wing and form a strong tandem with LaMarcus Aldridge.
DeRozan poured in 15 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT) and added six assists, two rebounds and one steal across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 130-127 exhibition loss to the Hawks. With Dejounte Murray (knee) out for the season, Derrick White stepped in as the Spurs' starting point guard, but it was DeRozan, center Pau Gasol (10 assists) and forward Rudy Gay (five assists) who took on most of the play-making responsibilities. It seems likely that the Spurs will continue to rely on DeRozan as a creator once the regular season arrives, which could allow him to remain an asset in the assists category after clearing five per game for the first time in his career in 2018-19. Most of DeRozan's utility will still come in the form of his scoring and lofty free-throw production, however.
DeRozan turned in seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 FT), two rebounds, two assists and one steal across 18 minutes during the Spurs' 104-100 preseason win over the Heat on Sunday. DeRozan hit the court for his first official game action in his new San Antonio digs and looked good, remaining involved as both a scorer and facilitator. The All-Star two-guard figures to serve as a critical offensive component to a team that overly relied on LaMarcus Aldridge last season in the near-season-long absence of Kawhi Leonard due to injury. DeRozan could thus approximate or even exceed the impressive career norms he established over the last several seasons in Toronto, given his expected level of responsibility.
DeRozan was traded to the Spurs on Wednesday as the centerpiece of a deal that brings Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. The Raptors will trade DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first-rounder to the Spurs, who will send back Leonard and veteran guard Danny Green. DeRozan is coming off of another strong offensive season and will immediately slot in as the co-No. 1 option in San Antonio alongside LaMarcus Aldridge. DeRozan averaged 23.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game last season.
DeRozan was tossed from Monday's Game 4 loss to the Cavaliers after receiving a Flagrant two foul, Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto reports. DeRozan exited the game after being assessed a Flagrant two foul near the end of the third quarter -- he posted 13 points, five rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes before getting ejected. The Raptors season ended following a 128-93 loss Monday, so they'll head to the offseason with the intention of regrouping next year after getting swept in the second round.
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