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DeMar DeRozan can’t stop talking about the Lakers

Because it’s a day that ends in “y,” that means another story from DeMar DeRozan about how close he was to being a Los Angeles Lakers in 2021.

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There are few sagas that have been relived as much and as willfully as DeMar DeRozan’s failed quest to join the Lakers in the summer of 2021. It’s one that has been retold countless, a story of how DeMar wanted to come to the Lakers, LeBron seemingly expressed interest in him being a Laker, the Lakers at one point wanted him to become a Laker and, yet, he did not become a Laker.

At first and in a vacuum, it was an interesting story to retell. But over a year and countless recollections later, it’s kind of just relitigating something that doesn’t need to be relitigated. And thus, DeMar won’t stop talking about it, the latest time on an episode of JJ Redick’s The Old Man and The Three podcast.

Back in November of last year in a post in which DeMar told Chris Haynes it was a “done deal” that he was joining the Lakers (sound familiar?), I compiled a list of all the times DeMar talked about the Lakers and, most specifically, how much he wanted to play for the team.

Here’s that list again:

Since publishing that extensive list, DeMar has talked about what level of pay cut he would have actually taken to join the Lakers on top of this post. So, for those keeping track, that is five times DeRozan has spoken about wanting to join the Lakers last year and not being able to, so you can understand the exhaustion of the narrative.

There is no argument that needs to continue to be made. Check any of those previous four posts in the last calendar year to see more fleshed-out arguments. It’s just exhausting at this point. It didn’t happen, maybe it should have or maybe it shouldn’t. A year later is too long to keep relitigating it.

Just let it go.

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