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Report: Warriors were interested in DeRozan in free agency

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DeMar DeRozan

The Warriors went fishing for veterans in free agency, hoping to find players willing to take a discount to play for a title in the Bay.

Golden State was able to sign Otto Porter Jr. and Nemanja Bjelica to veteran's minimum contracts, and Andre Iguodala also has agreed to return to the Warriors.

But the Warriors also targeted a number of players they weren't able to lure to the Bay, and Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer reports Golden State was one of the teams interested in DeMar DeRozan. Per Fischer, the Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics all had interest in signing DeRozan.

According to Fisher, it initially was believed that DeRozan might accept the $5.9 taxpayer midlevel exception to play for a team with title hopes. But DeRozan reportedly never truly considered that route, and eventually signed a three-year, $85 million contract with the Chicago Bulls was which was finalized via a sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs.

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The Warriors also lost out on Nicolas Batum, who re-signed with the Los Angeles Clippers, and Patty Mills, who signed with the Brooklyn Nets.

DeRozan joins a Bulls team thirsting to make the playoffs. Chicago also added Lonzo Ball in free agency to go along with the core of Zach LaVine, Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams.

Golden State, meanwhile, knows its title hopes rest on the successful return of Klay Thompson. If Thompson returns at or near 100 percent of what he was the last time we saw him, the Warriors should reenter the title conversation.

 

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