Chris Boucher is reportedly returning to the Toronto Raptors for a third season.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Boucher, who was a restricted free agent, has agreed to a two-year deal worth $13.5 million to return to the Raptors.
Chris Boucher has agreed to a two-year, $13.5M deal to stay with the Toronto Raptors, his agent Sam Permut of @RocNationSports tells ESPN.- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 23, 2020
The news of Boucher's committment came within an hour of the news that Australian centre Aron Baynes had also committed to Toronto for the upcoming season. The addition of Baynes and retaining of Boucher are critical for the Raptors, who have reportedly lost both Serge Ibaka (LA Clippers) and Marc Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) to free agency.
Boucher, 27, is coming off of a season in which he appeared in 62 games, posting averages of 6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks while seeing just 13.2 minutes per contest. The Montreal native recorded five double-doubles, including an impressive 25-point, 11-rebound performance in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA restart.
The departure of Toronto's centre rotation from last season means a bigger role for the Canadian, who posted per-36 averages of 18.1 points and 12.2 rebounds last season. After winning G League Defensive Player of the Year and MVP in 2019, Boucher has continued to improve and grow, which is yet another testament to Toronto's developmental staff.
It's been a busy free agency period for the Raptors, who, in addition to deals pertaining the aforementioned big men, came to an agreement with point guard Fred VanVleet, who signed a four-year deal worth $85 million on Saturday.
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