DeMar DeRozan Is Headed To The Kings In A Three-Team Sign-And-Trade With The Bulls And Spurs

The last big name on the NBA free agent market has found a new home, as DeMar DeRozan will end up in Sacramento as part of a three-team sign-and-trade involving the Bulls and the Spurs.

According to Wojnarowski, DeRozan’s deal with the Kings will be for three years and more than $70 million.

Word broke early on Saturday that DeRozan was flying out to Sacramento to meet with the Kings, and shortly after, the Spurs traded Devonte’ Graham’s expiring contract and a second round pick back to the Charlotte Hornets to help clear about $20 million in cap space.

That happened to be just enough to take on Harrison Barnes or Kevin Huerter to facilitate the DeRozan sign-and-trade and fulfill the Bulls’ desire to not take back any money in the deal. Huerter will stay in Sacramento, with Barnes being the veteran on the way out to clear up space.

The Kings land the forward upgrade they’ve been chasing for a full year, as they’ve been tied to every single wing and power forward on the trade market since last summer. It will be interesting to see how DeRozan fits within the Kings offensive tempo, as he tends to operate at a more deliberate pace than Sacramento has, but the Kings also could use a calming influence on their halfcourt offense. He and Domantas Sabonis will have to develop a rapport for spacing, as DeRozan often operates in the mid-post area. While all of that will require some work and reps to get comfortable, the Kings will be getting a much more dynamic offensive playmaker who can create for himself, something they have lacked alongside De’Aaron Fox in recent seasons.

The Bulls continue their franchise reset, as they clearly are looking to get younger and rebuild (although, likely without bottoming out), and get themselves under the tax. San Antonio adds another veteran to their young team, as they use their cap space to upgrade their rotation in the short-term without sacrificing the long-term ability to acquire stars.