DeRozan Blockbuster Trade Proposal for wasy championship

Published September 1, 2023 at 8:04 PM

As we approach the end of the 2023 NBA offseason, we are still anticipating many more trades around the league, with speculation about where stars like Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving will end up. One NBA writer has proposed a five-team trade that would send Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lee Tran of Fadeaway World has put forward a scenario involving a five-team trade, most notably involving the movement of stars James Harden and DeMar DeRozan. The trade is outlined as follows:

Los Angeles Lakers Receive: DeMar DeRozan
James Harden
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: D'Angelo Russell, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Grayson Allen
Chicago Bulls Receive: Kyle Lowry, Jalen Hood-Schifino, MarJon Beauchamp, Max Christie
Milwaukee Bucks Receive: PJ Tucker, 2028 Second-Round Pick (CHI)

This trade would finally resolve the ongoing dispute between James Harden and the 76ers' front office by fulfilling his trade request and sending him to Miami. However, the most notable addition appears to be DeMar DeRozan joining forces with LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

DeRozan was heavily linked with a move to the Lakers in the summer of 2021, with DeMar himself stating that he thought it was a "done deal." The signing eventually fell through when the Lakers opted instead to trade for Russell Westbrook. With the Bulls looking to move either DeRozan or LaVine in the coming months, it seems that California native DeRozan may have another chance to play for his childhood team, the Lakers.

Although DeRozan may not have had great success as a team's leading offensive option so far in his career, he has established himself as one of the most consistent scorers of the past decade. He highlights this with his impressive mid-range game, which could be especially deadly if used as the third weapon behind Anthony Davis and LeBron James. Tran himself mentions this in his latest NBA column and highlights it as a possible motivation for the Lakers to pursue this move.

«DeRozan brings a necessary skill set to the team's roster, as he is elite from the midrange area, and can create his own shot effectively in isolation situations,»

«Though it is fair to say that DeRozan has limitations as a No. 1 option, he could potentially thrive as a No. 3 option behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.»

With four of the five teams involved in this trade hoping to challenge for a championship next season, it is not known how likely the chances of this trade happening are, as teams may be put off by the idea of potentially improving their rivals' team rosters. However, this is certainly an interesting proposal, and we'll find out in the coming weeks if this trade or any similar ones come to fruition.

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DeRozan Blockbuster Trade Proposal for wasy championship

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