Title: Raptors roster moves: Who’s in, who’s out, 905 rights, 2021 situation and more
Date: December 21, 2020
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I broke down the Raptors’ final roster moves, what their cap sheet looks like moving forward, the Raptors 905 roster situation, and more.
TAMPA, Fla. — The Marriott Water Street in Tampa is a little nicer than the hotel where Paul Watson Jr. and Jama Mahlalela began their basketball journey together.
In the summer of 2019, Watson was a member of the Mahlalela-coached G League Elite team that was playing a tournament in Uruguay. In Watson, Mahlalela saw a potential fit within the Toronto Raptors’ development system. He urged Raptors 905 general manager Chad Sanders to acquire Watson from the Westchester Knicks, a move that cost the 905 the No. 4 pick in the draft.
It didn’t take long before that vision played out. By midseason, Watson had earned a 10-day contract with the Atlanta Hawks. Not wanting to lose him, the Raptors signed him to a two-way contract. That contract contained a second year, meaning Watson would spend another offseason in their system and compete for a spot in training camp. Watson went a step further than securing his two-way roster spot; after Friday’s preseason finale, Watson received the news that he’d made the roster and was getting a full NBA deal.