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Kings, DeMar DeRozan Have Mutual Interest

The Sacramento Kings have been relatively quiet this NBA offseason, but they are reportedly working behind the scenes to secure a major star.

According to Kings insider Sean Cunningham of Fox 40, Sacramento is discussing a potential sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls for DeMar DeRozan.

Cunningham, after speaking to multiple sources within the last 24 hours, reports that there is “mutual interest” between DeRozan and the Kings.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski initially reported on Friday that both parties share mutual interest during his appearance on SportsCenter.

Wojnarowski said, “Well, certainly DeMar DeRozan has played his last game for the Chicago Bulls. The one team that’s been dug in with him and trying to find a sign-and-trade scenario is the Sacramento Kings. They’ve been talking this week. They’re going to need a third team involved in a sign-and-trade. Chicago, while they’re certainly willing to facilitate helping DeMar DeRozan get more than the mid-level exception on a team that doesn’t have cap space, they don’t want to take back contracts. They’ll need a third team to route a bigger salary, too.”

He added, “But those conversations continue, and I think there are some other scenarios for DeMar DeRozan, but I think Sacramento right now is the team to watch between now and when the moratorium ends here in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

DeRozan, 34, averaged 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game with 48.0/33.3/85.3 shooting splits in his 15th NBA season.

The six-time All-Star has been one of the league’s premier wings over the past decade, cementing an impressive career with the Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, and Chicago Bulls.

DeRozan would make an immediate impact in Sacramento and is an affordable option for the Kings as they aim to remain competitive in the challenging Western Conference.

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