Title: Raptors tab Stanley Johnson as a redraft candidate in their first post-Kawhi Leonard move
Date: July 7, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors signing Stanley Johnson and why a ‘redraft candidate’ makes sense with where they are this summer.
The Toronto Raptors didn’t hold a first-round draft pick, couldn’t manoeuvre into meaningful cap space and are entering a summer of in-between where they’ll try to compete while looking to the future. Who better, then, to land as the first post-Kawhi Leonard signing than a former No. 8 overall pick still on the young side and available with the limited flexibility the Raptors had?
The answer to “who better” might depend on your opinion of Stanley Johnson or your perspective on redraft candidates in general. The Raptors are signing Johnson to a two-year, $7.43 million contract, according to a report from our Shams Charania, an interesting flier in general and a rapid snapshot into what the summer ahead could look like.
It is not exactly the bounce-back signing some might have been hopelessly waiting on the morning after Leonard opted to sign with the Los Angeles Clippers.