Ujiri: No extension talks with DeRozan this season

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri says there likely won't be any extension talks with DeMar DeRozan, setting the all-star up for free agency next offseason.

Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri is a guest on this week’s Free Association — Sportsnet’s weekly Raptors & NBA podcast. He joined hosts Dave Zarum and JD Bunkis to talk about his recent trip to Africa and the growth of his Giants of Africa program, as well as the Raptors off-season makeover.

When asked about DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors all-star shooting guard who is expected to decline his player option at the end of the season , Ujiri said that the team will not renegotiate with DeRozan during the season.

“There will be no extension talks with DeMar [before the end of the 2015-16 season],” Ujiri told Free Association. “He can only extend for a certain amount of money and I just foresee that DeMar sees himself- and we see him- as more than that type of a player. So I think DeMar is going to wait to see how it goes this year and do the best deal for himself, and we’ll do the best deal for ourselves, too.”

Here’s the full DeRozan clip.

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Free Association drops Tuesday, and joining Ujiri on this week’s show are Nik Stauskas (in studio) and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar. Yes, you read that right.