DeMar DeRozan on Playing With Lonzo Ball, Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic & Decision to Sign With Bulls
DeRozan talks joining Chicago Bulls: “The history speaks for itself”
After three years, DeMar DeRozan’s time with the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end. The Spurs shipped DeRozan in a sign-and-trade deal to the Bulls for Thaddeus Young, Al-Farouq Aminu, a first-round pick, and two second-round picks this offseason. He now joins a core of Lonzo Ball, Zach Lavine, and Nikola Vucevic to try and bring the organization back into the playoffs for the first time since 2017. On his reasoning to choose the Bulls over teams like the Lakers, Knicks, and others interested in his services, DeRozan sees potential in this lineup and believes Ball will come into his own this season.
“I’ve been a fan of his,” says DeRozan of Ball. “I remember watching him play in high school. Throughout college. Since he’s been in the league, it seems like he hasn’t really been let free to be the player that I believe he is. Coming to this organization once I saw him sign and seeing him have this opportunity for the first time in his career, was something that I definitely want to be a part of.”
As for how he will fit in with this group of guys, DeRozan believes that won’t be a problem, as long as winning is the main goal.
“If everybody is on the same page and mentality, and wants to win, it doesn’t matter about a fit. Because it’s all going to come together how it needs to come together to make it work because, at the end of the day, the common denominator is winning.”