Let’s be real, the Los Angeles Lakers season was over before it started.
Sure, there was some optimism around this young core potentially growing up faster than expected, but then there was Kobe Bryant, who announced he was retiring at the end of the season.
From that point on, the season has been all about Kobe’s ‘farewell tour’.
This franchise won’t be able to fully move on until Kobe is gone for good. As the front office prepares to find his replacement, one candidate is Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
DeRozan can opt-out this summer and while the Lakers would prefer to obtain Kevin Durant, the Raptors star wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.
The 26-year-old averages 22.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.2 dimes per game.
Also, DeRozan is from Compton and he went to school at USC, so he’s very familiar with the area.