Aaron Gordon of the Olrando Magic.
NBA training camp is set to open next week and for some players, arrival will be met not so much with a, “Welcome back!” but more of a, “You’re still here?!?”
The league’s very short offseason saw major changes all around, but there remains a group of players who just cannot seem to get themselves traded. Chris Paul and his sizable contract were finally traded away from Oklahoma City, the Sixers found a taker for Josh Richardson, and, heck, even Danny Green was dealt — for Al Horford, no less.
But there are guys who, despite having their names wrung through the rumor mill repeatedly, appear to be headed back to their same old teams, having been the subjects of much discussion but little action. An NBA front-office executive weighed in on each player to explain why a trade has been so stubbornly hard to come by.
DeMar DeRozan, Spurs
Background: DeRozan has been portrayed as a less-than-enthusiastic Spur, though if he is unhappy with his situation, he has not let it affect his performance—DeRozan averaged 22.1 points last year on 53.1% shooting from the field (he only rarely takes 3s), with 5.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Pretty tradeable, right?
DeMar DeRozan, Spurs.
Rumors: At this time last year, a rumor made the rounds about DeRozan garnering interest from Orlando, but the potential for that deal died on the vine. In between, the Heat were