The Los Angeles native, 31, has the Chicago Bulls courting him as well, sources said.
The Clippers do not have the cap space to sign the four-time All-Star to a deal near his true value. It would take some major cap contorting to clear the necessary cap space.
All the team has at its disposal is the $5.3 million taxpayer midlevel exception. A sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs — DeRozan’s previous team — could also be an option, but it’s unclear if the Clippers have the assets the Spurs would want.
Last season with the Spurs, DeRozan averaged 21.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and a career-high 6.9 assists.
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