Title: Raptors opt for long-term focus as Chris Boucher wins camp battle
Date: October 12, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, I looked at the Raptors’ decision to give their second two-way contract to Chris Boucher and what that means for both their roster and that of Raptors 905.
The Toronto Raptors are thinking long-term.
The team announced on Friday that they have exercised the two-way conversion option on Chris Boucher’s contract, meaning he is the victor of a five-player training camp battle for what ended up being just one two-way contract slot. The team also announced they have waived Eric Moreland, Deng Adel, Kay Felder and Kyle Collinsworth. All five players were in camp on Exhibit 10 contracts that gave the Raptors the option to keep them as NBA roster players, convert them to a two-way contract, or give them a bonus up to $50,000 if they wind up with Raptors 905.
While the battle was a tight one and the decision difficult, this was the most likely outcome entering camp. When we handicapped the odds of the race at the beginning, we gave Boucher the best percentage chance to earn the team’s second two-way contract, and he impressed in the small opportunities he was given. While it’s true he shot just 3-of-11 and played the fewest minutes of all players in camp (and then suffered a scary fall Thursday, later passing the league’s concussion protocol), all three of those shots were also 3-point attempts, and he added four blocked shots in those 19 minutes.