DeRozan teases Drew League team-up with LeBron James Originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
early saturday morning, Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes told That LeBron James is expected to play in the Drew League this weekend.
But it was Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan who first broke the news.
With a cryptic tweet hours ago, DeRozan teased a possible team-up with James at Drew League on Saturday night:
The Drew League is a pro-am basketball league that hosts games each summer in Los Angeles. Over the years, it has become a fertile ground for NBA players to break up their off-seasons with some competitive action.
DeRozan, a Compton native, has long been a staple of the showcase — and has already shown up this year. Earlier in July, he dropped 39 points in a game for MMV cheaters, displaying his distinctive array of midrange pull-ups and fadeaways in the process.
Meanwhile, James will make his first Drew League appearance since the 2011 NBA lockout.
DeRozan and James were longtime Eastern Conference competitors earlier in their respective careers, but are also longtime friends.
Although it seems like a distant memory now, the two almost teamed up with the Lakers in DeRozan’s hometown last year—to the point that DeRozan told Haynes last November that he “felt like going to the Lakers.” There was a deal”—before Los Angeles pivoted. Trade for Russell Westbrook.
DeRozan then went on to sign a three-year, $85 million contract with the Bulls and authored a stellar season, a career-high 27.9 points and led the franchise to its first playoff berth in five years.
“Perfect. There couldn’t have been a better way. It’s been a good year to say the least,” DeRozan said of his first season with the Bulls, the night they were knocked out of the playoffs. “Being around the front office, teammates, the city. Everything is more than I imagined. It’s one of those dream come true situations of things you didn’t expect and it’s your imagination More than.”
That season also included the fifth All-Star selection of DeRozan’s career, which led to him teaming up with — you guessed it — James. The Lakers star selected DeRozan to start for his All-Star team in the February draft.
Now, the two are all set to join the Drew League once again. It is definitely a spectacle worth watching. Fans can catch the action on Caffeine TV.
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