Bulls beat writer gives his grade on DeMar DeRozan-Kings trade

Jul 8, 2024, 12:50 PM

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 30: DeMar DeRozan #11 of the Chicago Bulls looks on against the Toronto...

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Now that DeMar DeRozan has made the decision to join the Sacramento Kings via sign-and-trade, it’s time to get some outside perspective from journalists who have covered the six-time All-Star.

Will Gottlieb, Chicago Bulls beat writer for CHGO Sports, joined Stiles & Watkins on Monday to share his reaction to the trade, explain how he feels DeRozan will fit with Sacramento’s roster and head coach Mike Brown, dive into how he felt the veteran’s free agency would unfold, and much more.

Plus: What grade would Gottlieb give the Kings, Bulls, and San Antonio Spurs for the three-team deal?

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Topics Discussed: DeMar DeRozan

  • Will says “the writing was on the wall” for DeRozan’s exit from the Bulls
  • How will Chicago’s fanbase remember DeRozan’s impact during his time with the organization?
  • “He was really special to watch… He will be remembered fondly.”
  • Are the questions and concerns regarding DeRozan’s defense overblown?
  • “Offensively, he’s so dominant, he’s so skilled, I think can fit into any system.”
  • Did DeRozan flirt with the idea of joining the Los Angeles Clippers?
  • Some post-trade grades have not been kind to Sacramento. What grade would Will give the Kings?
  • “I think some of the grades were a little bit low for the Kings… To me, this is much better than giving up two first-round picks to get Brandon Ingram and then giving him an extension.”
  • Can DeRozan provide Sacramento with a stronger sense of leadership?

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The 2024 California Classic will continue on Tuesday night as the Kings face the Charlotte Hornets at Golden 1 Center.

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Sacramento Kings 2024 Summer Schedule

California Classic | Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, CA

  • Tuesday, July 9th – vs. Charlotte Hornets – 7:00 PM PDT

California Classic | Chase Center | San Francisco, CA

  • Wednesday, July 10th – vs. Golden State Warriors – 7:00 PM PDT

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  • Friday, July 12th – @ Memphis Grizzlies – 3:00 PM PDT (NBA TV)
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  • Wednesday, July 17th – @ New York Knicks – 12:30 PM PDT (NBA TV)
  • Thursday, July 18th – vs. Washington Wizards – 4:00 PM PDT (ESPN)
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  • July 27-August 11th – 2024 Olympic Games
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