The Toronto Raptors are still making moves ahead of Dec. 1's training camp, reportedly adding three forwards in Henry Ellenson, Yuta Watanabe and Alize Johnson to their roster according to The Athletic's Blake Murphy.
The Raptors are signing Henry Ellenson to a two-year minimum deal with $50K guaranteed, per a source.- Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) November 27, 2020
Effectively a camp deal with a small guarantee (not an Ex.10).
Yuta Watanabe and Alize Johnson will also be in camp with the Raptors.
Camp roster at 19, unofficially.
Ellenson, 23, was a former first-round pick for the Detroit Pistons being selected 18th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. In four seasons in the NBA the 6-foot-10 big has bounced around quite a bit, also playing for the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Averaging just 4.0 points and 2.4 rebounds for his career, Ellenson has only played 81 total games in the NBA. He found some success in the G League this past season for Raptors 905 averaging 21.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game shooting 52.4% from the field and 38.5% from 3.
Watanabe, 26, also has limited NBA experience playing just 33 games over two seasons for the Memphis Grizzlies. Like Ellenson, the 6-foot-8, Japenese-born forward showed some promise in the G League averaging double figures in each of his two seasons, most recently going for 17.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.0 blocks per game this past season.
Johnson, 24, was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 50th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has only appeared in 31 NBA games but again, like Ellenson and Watanabe, has showcased potential in the G League. The athletic, 6-foot-7 forward averaged 20.1 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game shooting 52% from the field.
Murphy's report above lists the Raptors at 19 players but shortly thereafter tweeted that including Canadian Oshae Brissett (Toronto, ON), the team will unofficially head into training camp with 20 players on its roster.
The 20 players are listed below. Click on the hyperlinks to learn more about each unfamiliar player.
*Davis' contract is non-guaranteed but becomes fully guaranteed if the team does not waive him before Sunday, Nov. 29.
The Raptors are set to open their season in Tampa, Florida due to border restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. They will reportedly host training camp at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida starting on Dec. 1.
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