Sources: DeMar DeRozan intends to decline $27.7M option if he can’t agree to extension with Spurs

Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan is having one of the best seasons of his career. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — If swingman DeMar DeRozan and the San Antonio Spurs can’t agree to an extension by the late June deadline, the four-time All-Star intends to decline his $27.7 million player option for next season to become an unrestricted free agent, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

DeRozan, who has averaged 20 points in his 11-year career, would be among the top players on the market this summer.

DeRozan declining his option wouldn’t close the door on him re-signing with the Spurs, sources said, but it would definitely open an avenue for a team like the New York Knicks, who are expected to be interested. 

The Spurs acquired DeRozan, 30, from Toronto in the July 2018 deal that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors.

DeRozan is shooting a career-best 52.8 percent from the field and averaging 22.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.

He was drafted ninth overall by Toronto in the 2009 NBA draft.

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