Lakers sign and trade proposal lands six-time NBA All-Star

While the Los Angeles Lakers don’t have the cap room to land Chicago Bulls star DeMar DeRozan, they could still become a potential landing spot for the free-agent guard in a sign-and-trade scenario.

Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz raised the possibility of DeRozan signing-and-trading, assuming D’Angelo Russell leaves the Lakers this offseason.

“Going home to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade with the Lakers could work if D’Angelo Russell declines his $18.7 million player option (to get LA under the first apron) and Los Angeles combines Rui Hachimura ($17) returns million), Austin Reaves ($12.9 million), Gabe Vincent ($11.0 million) and Jarred Vanderbilt ($10.7 million),” Swartz wrote on June 9.

The moving pieces would depend on how much DeRozan gets in a new deal.

The six-time NBA All-Star was unable to agree with the Bulls on a new deal as the value and length of the contract remain the sticking point, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.

“The Bulls would like to re-sign DeRozan to a two-year deal. DeRozan’s side would clearly require more security. The Bulls have a habit of generously tying up player options in contracts, so carrots could also factor into DeRozan’s deal.

The dollar figure will be significant, likely north of $40 million per year, but is less important for the Bulls’ long-term flexibility.” Mayberry wrote on June 4.

But DeRozan, 35, wants long-term security.

DeMar DeRozan ‘can never say no’ to Lakers

DeRozan, who played for Compton High School and USC, just steps away from the Staples Center, did not rule out a return home.

“I’ve been a Lakers fan since day one,” DeRozan continued “Feed it back” on May 15 when asked about the possibility of playing for his hometown team. “You can never say no to playing at home, especially when you play for a legendary team like the Lakers.

So time will tell. We’ll see where the cards fall. Until then, I’ll see what happens. I will always be where I am wanted. I know what I’m doing, so we’ll see how it turns out.

But in the same interview, DeRozan made it clear that he wants to re-sign with the Bulls.

“It’s definitely a place I’d like to return to,” DeRozan said. “I think more than anyone else. If the job isn’t done for me, Lou, no matter how difficult the situation looks, I’m one of those guys who tries to hang in there and make something out of nothing.

DeMar DeRozan as Lakers’ third star?

DeRozan’s play and clutch mid-range would be a big boost for the Lakers, who are looking for a third star behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

DeRozan averaged 24.0 points on 48% shooting with 5.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds this season, his third with the Bulls. He finished second to Stephen Curry in the Clutch Player of the Year race, receiving 34 first-place votes and totaling 272 points. Curry totaled 298 points.

Despite his gaudy numbers, DeRozan failed to earn his third straight All-Star berth as the Bulls entered the All-Star break with a losing record due to a rough start.