With the wild world of NBA free agency rapidly approaching, sports books are doing their best to predict where the top players on the market will end up. The fate of longtime Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan has been hanging in the balance for quite some time, and it sounds like oddsmakers aren't expecting him to leave Canada anytime soon.
At Bodog, the odds of the Raptors re-signing DeRozan come in at a staggeringly high -1500. The shop has tabbed the shooting guard with a +700 chance of departing the Dinos.
To put that into perspective, if you placed a $100 bet on DeRozan to stay in Toronto you'd be rewarded with a measly $6.67. A $100 wager on the Compton product to sign with any other team pays out $700.
Of course that's not a guarantee DeRozan will stay, but it is interesting to note the odds discrepancy. Side note: No matter how confident you are in the 26-year-old re-signing, do not even think about risking $100 to win $6.67. That's just poor gambling.
"My mindset has always been Toronto," DeRozan told the media after the Raptors' Eastern Conference final loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I'm going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don't want to switch it up after we win."
DeRozan, who did not schedule meetings with any other squads, has opted to focus on working out a contract with the Raps. It sounds like the two sides are intent on getting a deal done quickly, but stranger things have happened in the NBA.
What do you guys think? Is it a foregone conclusion the Raptors sign DeRozan to a long-term contract?