Title: Raptors’ addition of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson makes identity for next season clear
Date: July 8, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about the Raptors signing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and what it makes clear about the Raptors’ plans for 2019-20.
The defending champions have added another. A Crown League champion.
All right, let’s walk that back a bit. That might be too inside-Canadian basketball a reference.
The Toronto Raptors are signing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, though financial terms have yet to be announced.
Better? It feels like that’s better.
And no, Hollis-Jefferson has at no point been an NBA champion. He was, however, a champion at last summer’s Crown League, one of Toronto’s mostly annual summer basketball tournaments that are ripe with NBA cameos. Right around this time last year, Hollis-Jefferson teamed up with Brady Heslip and Olivier Hanlan to take the title, just the latest in a career of burgeoning Canadiana for Hollis-Jefferson, a Pennsylvania native. Before Crown League, it was Drake’s OVO Fest adjacent (and also only mostly annual) tournament OVO Bounce, where Hollis-Jefferson played with Anthony Bennett, Melvin Ejim and Sim Bhullar. In between, Hollis-Jefferson has watched NBA Finals games in Montreal as part of NBA Canada events and generally worked his way toward honorary Canadian basketball citizenship. (Hollis-Jefferson is represented by agent Mike George, who has a large handful of Canadian players inside and on the fringes of the NBA on his roster.)
Now, Hollis-Jefferson has joined the Raptors, confirming the Charania report with a patriotic tweet Sunday.