Training camps for the 2021-22 NBA season won't open until the end of September, but the Toronto Raptors roster is beginning to take shape in early August.
Including No. 4 overall pick Scottie Barnes, who signed his rookie-scale contract ahead of Summer League play, and second-round pick Dalano Banton, who just recently signed his rookie deal, Toronto has 11 players with guaranteed contracts. After signing undrafted forward Justin Champagnie and second-round pick David Johnson to two-way deals, the team has also filled both of its two-way slots for the upcoming season.
From there are five players on partial and non-guaranteed deals which become guaranteed at specified dates in the offseason, training camp and regular season.
As it stands, the team has 18 players under contract and can take as many as 20 players into training camp, so the roster is far from complete. Here's a closer look at how things are taking shape.
It's been a busy offseason for the Raptors, who drafted Barnes fourth overall, re-signed both Gary Trent Jr. and Khem Birch, in addition to acquiring Precious Achiuwa and Goran Dragic via a sign-and-trade that sent Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat.
Chris Boucher, who signed a two-year deal with the Raptors, recently saw his contract for the 2021-22 season become fully guaranteed, giving him the opportunity to build upon a career year.
The upcoming season marks the first year of the four-year extension OG Anunoby signed in December 2020, while Scottie Barnes begins on a rookie-scale contract commensurate with his being the No. 4 overall pick, as does Dalano Banton as a rookie second-round pick.
|Pascal Siakam||F||$33.0 million|
|Fred VanVleet||G||$19.7 million|
|Goran Dragic||G||$19.4 million|
|OG Anunoby||F||$16.1 million|
|Gary Trent Jr.||G||$16.0 million|
|Scottie Barnes||F||$7.3 million|
|Chris Boucher||F||$7.0 million|
|Khem Birch||C||$6.4 million|
|Precious Achiuwa||F||$2.7 million|
|Malachi Flynn||G||$2.0 million|
All salary figures via Spotrac.
Partially guaranteed contracts
Partially guaranteed contracts come with a number of deadlines with respect to guarantees and money owed.
Yuta Watanabe, who began last season on a two-way contract, saw his deal converted into a standard NBA contract that is partially guaranteed for the 2021-22 NBA season. According to Spotrac, $375,000 of Watanabe's deal becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster on Aug. 9, while $1.8 million becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster on Oct. 17, which would coincide with final cuts ahead of opening night of the 2021-22 NBA season.
Freddie Gillespie, who began last season on a 10-day contract, also signed a standard NBA deal that is partially guaranteed for the upcoming season. If Gillespie is on the roster on Aug. 20, $50,000 of his contract becomes guaranteed and $1.5 million becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster on Oct. 17.
Reported signing Sam Dekker will have an opportunity to make the final roster at training camp, while Ishmail Wainright signed a two-year minimum deal, with $250,000 guaranteed, per Blake Murphy of The Athletic.
The Raptors also added Isaac Bonga to a training camp deal worth $200,000 guaranteed to compete for a roster spot.
|Yuta Watanabe||F||$375,000 guaranteed|
|Sam Dekker||F||$350,000 guaranteed|
|Ishmail Wainright||G||$250,000 guaranteed|
|Isaac Bonga||F||$200,000 guaranteed|
|Freddie Gillespie||F||$50,000 guaranteed|
All salary figures via Spotrac.
Johnson, the No. 47 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, and Champagnie, who went undrafted in 2021, will begin the season as Toronto's two two-way players.
Per the league's two-way rules, each player will receive roughly 50 percent of a rookie minimum salary ($462,629) and are hard-capped at 50 games on the Raptors' active list. Unlike last year, two-way players will not be eligible for postseason play unless their contract is converted.
A return to a more normal NBA G League schedule means that both Champagnie and Johnson will see valuable time with the Raptors 905.
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