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Report: DeMar DeRozan picking up player option for 2020-21

Spurs SG decides to opt into contract with San Antonio for 2020-21 season.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and DeMar DeRozan of the San Antonio Spurs congratulate each other after the game at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 13, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

San Antonio Spurs SG DeMar DeRozan has exercised his player option for the 2020-21 season, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Monday. His contract will be worth $27.7 million this season with the Spurs. DeRozan could have become an unrestricted free agent had he declined the option.

DeRozan signed a five-year, $139 million deal with the Toronto Raptors back in 2016 and was traded to the Spurs prior to the 2018-19 season for Kawhi Leonard. The 31-year-old has averaged 21.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 145 regular-season games for the Spurs over the past two campaigns. DeRozan ditched the 3-point shot after joining the Spurs and it boosted his shooting numbers. The four-time All-Star shot 50.3 percent from the field in two season in San Antonio. His career shooting percentage is 45.8 percent.

Fantasy outlook for 2020-21

The Spurs are in an interesting transition period. They failed to make the playoffs for the first time in 22 seasons in 2019-20. Gregg Popovich isn’t getting any younger and the roster isn’t exactly loaded for the future. The Spurs have a decent set of young guards around DeRozan, so his assist numbers should be fine as long as his usage doesn’t go down.

It also doesn’t appear that age has DeRozan on the decline. He posted the second-highest PER of his career last season (21.6) and had his best true shooting percentage by a wide margin (60.3% — his previous career high was 55.5). There’s reason to believe the Spurs offense can improve if Derrick White, Dejounte Murray, Bryn Forbes, Keldon Johnson and Lonnie Walker IV all take a step forward. That only bodes well for DeRozan in a contract year.