DeMar DeRozan Rumors

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DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan
Position: G-F
Born: 08/07/89
Height: 6-7 / 2.01
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $27,739,975
Do you try to recruit free agents? DeMar DeRozan: I don’t. My thing is if I go out there and play my butt off and make my teammates better, as a basketball player we should all be able to look around and say, ‘Oh, I’d play great with this guy …’ I shouldn’t have to convince you to come do a story with me. You came to do a story with me because, you know what I mean? It was on me after you flew in to say, ‘Marc’s my man, let’s make this happen.’ It’s a mutual thing. It has to become a mutual thing before anything. My biggest thing is if I recruit somebody and something goes wrong, I’m going to feel at fault. Now if it’s mutual, then all right we are doing this thing together. Not, ‘Man, just come try this out a year …’ We don’t have too many years of this to try out. Every NBA window is closing. So, if it’s something we can’t have mutually, then I’ve never really got into it.
No, DeRozan has not forgotten where he comes from and the importance of giving back. “This city has so many greats and different areas you can look up to,” DeRozan told The Undefeated while sitting in a metal chair outside the gym named after him. “You got Kendrick, you got Serena [Williams], you got me when it comes to basketball. You got so many people that have come out of Compton that make it great. You got Dr. Dre, [Ice] Cube. There are so many things that people are doing great.
What kept you from going down the wrong path in Compton? ​ DeRozan: Half of my family was gang members. My closest friends were gang members. I lost my uncles to gang violence. I lost my best friend to gang violence. All that at an early age. Early age. For me growing up around that, I know every single gang member. Why do I want to be a gang member? I wanted to hoop.​ When I got to high school, there were gang members that used to come see me play and there was never any issue. They would all be happy to see me play. Even today I hear stories about guys being happy to see me play. That’s what they came for. That made me feel better than your normal gangbanger … For me, I loved bringing everybody together. So, it kept me away from that. I remember one year my mom went to 20 funerals of people that were gang members.