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Former Chicago Bull DeMar DeRozan Acquired By Sacramento Kings In 3-Year, $74M Deal, ESPN Sources Report

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The Sacramento Kings are set to acquire free agent guard DeMar DeRozan in a three-year, $74 million sign-and-trade deal, according to ESPN sources on Saturday night.

As part of the deal, the Kings will trade forward Harrison Barnes and an unprotected 2031 pick swap to the San Antonio Spurs, and guard Chris Duarte, two second-round draft picks, and cash to the Chicago Bulls, sources said.

The Kings targeted DeRozan to join forces with All-Star guard De’Aaron Fox, All-Star center Domantas Sabonis, and promising young forward Keegan Murray, aiming to bolster their offensive firepower in the Western Conference.

DeRozan, a six-time All-Star who turns 35 next month, is coming off a stellar three-year scoring stint with the Bulls, making the All-Star team in two of those seasons. He averaged 24 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists this past season and finished second to Stephen Curry in the 2024 NBA Clutch Player of the Year Award voting.

DeRozan traveled to Sacramento on Saturday to meet with team officials and Kings coach Mike Brown, who recently signed an offseason contract extension. Brown has led the franchise to back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2006.

DeRozan, a three-time All-NBA selection, was the ninth pick in the 2009 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors. Over his 15 NBA seasons, he has played for the Raptors, Spurs, and Bulls, averaging 21.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 4.1 assists through 1,110 career games.

The Spurs will add Barnes, 32, to join free agent arrival Chris Paul and unanimous Rookie of the Year Victor Wembanyama. Barnes, who played 82 games in each of the past two seasons with Sacramento, averaged 12.2 points and three rebounds for the Kings, shooting 47.4% overall and 38.7% from 3-point range on 4.7 attempts per game.

Barnes, an NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors in 2015, spent the past five seasons with Sacramento after arriving from the Dallas Mavericks in a trade-deadline deal. He has career averages of 14 points and 4.9 rebounds since being selected with the seventh pick in the 2012 draft by the Warriors.

The Spurs will utilize their remaining cap space to absorb Barnes’ contract and facilitate the deal.

Duarte, 27, averaged 3.9 points in 59 games last season for the Kings, who had traded two second-round picks to acquire him from the Indiana Pacers last summer.

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