Originally written December 12, 2013 on HoopStuff:
Toronto Raptors: Don’t Trade DeMar DeRozan By Mike Elworth Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff… With the Toronto Raptors starting to rebuild and with them already starting that long process by recently trading Rudy Gay to the Kings and with a lot of Raptors trade rumors floating around, more Raptors could soon be on the move. For now any Raptor besides Jonas Valanciunas could be traded, as they have stated that they won’t move their young, potential All Star center, however, they should also put DeMar DeRozan in the same “we won’t trade him” category as Valanciunas, as he has become an excellent, All Star level shooting guard. Of course if they were able to use DeRozan to land an established NBA All Star, then yes trade him, but for the sake of trading him to clear cap space, add picks and try and tank for a superstar in this summer’s draft, then there is no reason to. DeRozan is just 24 and is 5th among all shooting guards in points per game at 21.5 and in his 5th season he has become a ...

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