Toronto Raptors: Highlighting DeMar DeRozan's Breakthrough Season

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INTRODUCTION

It may seem difficult to believe now, but when the Toronto Raptors signed DeMar DeRozan to a four-year, $38 million extension just prior to tip-off of the 2012-13 season, the deal was met with mixed reviews.

However, no one was blaming the 6’7″ shooting guard for securing his future until the age of 28.

Mar 25, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 102-100. Mandatory Credit: Ron Schwane-USA TODAY Sports

Instead, then general manager Bryan Colangelo was criticized because there didn’t seem to be any rush to re-sign his ninth overall selection from 2009. The thinking, among some fans and media, was that Colangelo could have waited a year and had the chance to match any offer for DeRozan as a restricted free agent.

I suppose we can now consider that signing as a parting gift from Colangelo in what turned out to be his last season with the team.

Less than a full season into the extension, it already seems like a bargain and there’s no telling which team DeRozan would be suiting up for if that deal wasn’t reached.

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