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.
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.