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On Thursday, DeMar DeRozan became the first Toronto Raptors player to earn second-team All-NBA honors since Chris Bosh did so in 2007 and only the third player ever, the first being Vince Carter in 2001.
DeRozan (2017) and Kyle Lowry (2016) were previously named to the third team. Only Carter (third team in 2000) an DeRozan are now the only Toronto players to earn multiple All-NBA accolades.
All of that having been said, will DeRozan be back with Toronto next season?
Would the Raptors really consider moving DeRozan, who finished 11th in the NBA in scoring at 23 points per game and averaged career-bests in rebonds (3.9) and assists (5.2) while playing in 80 games.
According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, it’s a realistic possibility. He writes:
Even with this selection, there are no guarantees DeRozan, the longest-serving Raptor after having been drafted ninth overall in 2009 by Bryan Colangelo, is back with the team next season.
Masai Ujiri fired Dwane Casey and is not expected to limit his shakeup to only one move. Of course there’s a better chance DeRozan does return, but Toronto will explore all options, per multiple league sources.
DeRozan, Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas will likely garner the most interest on the market, though Ujiri could look to cut salary in the form of top disappointment Serge Ibaka or Norman Powell, who is about to see his salary take a leap as his extension kicks in.
DeRozan and the Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games the Eastern Conference semifinals. There has also been talk the team may try to move Lowry.