Undrafted rookie big man Freddie Gillespie has made a positive impression on the Toronto Raptors that has been rewarded with a multi-year contract.
The team Wednesday made the news of his signing official.
Can't have enough, Freddies. @freddieg_33 🖋️ » https://t.co/6HQTUHweUd pic.twitter.com/zFHldUgP4K- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 28, 2021
According to reports from Blake Murphy and Shams Charania of The Athletic, Gillespie's deal is for two years, with a partial guarantee for the 2021-22 season.
Gillespie, who first joined the Raptors on a 10-day contract on April 8, has appeared in 10 games over his first 20 days with the team, posting averages of 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
The 6-foot-9 big man has already had a number of impressive games in a Raptors uniform, including a six-day span in which he registered a 10-point, seven-rebound performance against the Orlando Magic, followed by 10 points (on perfect 4-for-4 shooting) in a win over the Oklahoma City Thunder and a five-block outing in a win over the Brooklyn Nets.
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Undrafted out of Baylor, Gillespie earned an opportunity with Toronto after a standout season with the Memphis Hustle in the 2021 G League bubble, where he led the entire league in total blocks.
With the Raptors, the rookie has been a fit both on and off the court, quickly earning the respect of coaches and teammates with his play and the adulation of fans and media with his personality.
Mannnn, @freddieg_33 😂 pic.twitter.com/19pYh3l3X5- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) April 22, 2021
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While reported contract details have yet to be made official, Gillespie has carved a role for himself for the remainder of the season at the very least and a legitimate opportunity to be a member of the team's frontcourt rotation for years to come.
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