DeMar DeRozan revealed he has extra motivation every time he plays against some teams in the NBA, because of what happened in 2021 free agency.
The superstar guard/forward didn’t like the fact that there were teams that undervalued him in free agency and now has a ‘personal vendetta’ against them.
“I stuck with that. That was my whole mentality every time I went out and played. It pissed me off (that a team offered him a veteran’s minimum contract).
And I try to make it evident, especially when I play certain teams. It’s easy to tell. Because I made it a personal vendetta against a handful of teams, for sure,” DeMar DeRozan said in a recent appearance on The Old Man and The Three podcast.
DeRozan didn’t reveal the team that made him the minimum offer, but has alreay said he came very close to signing with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers changed their mind, though, and traded for Westbrook, with DeMar DeRozan eventually signing a three-year, $82M deal with the Chicago Bulls.
DeRozan showed the franchise that they made the right choice, as he was one of the best players last season, averaging 27.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists, on 50.4% shooting and 35.2% from beyond the arc, in 76 games.
With DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine ready to go, the Bulls aim to remain a grand favorite to reach the NBA Finals.