Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors pick up forward OG Anunoby's 2020-21 team option

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OG Anunoby [NBA Getty Images]

The Toronto Raptors have picked up the team option in OG Anunoby's contract for the 2020-21 season, as first reported by The Athletic's Shams Charania and Blake Murphy.

Murphy also reported that Anunoby's "optimism has been high in training camp so far," which is expected out of the third-year forward who is in line for a breakout season in 2019-20.

MORE: Best, worst-case scenario for Anunoby this season

The team option was for $3.87 million. Anunoby is now extension eligible next summer. If he and the Raptors can't come to an agreement on an extension, he will then be a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021.

The No. 23 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft is coming off of an injury-riddled season in which he played in 67 games, posting 7.0 points and 2.9 rebounds per game, shooting 45.3% from the field and 33.2% from 3-point range.

It was a step back from the promising campaign Anunoby put together as a rookie, playing a key defensive role in trying to slow down LeBron James during the Raptors' 2018 playoff run. After a healthy summer, Anunoby should have no issues getting back on the right track in progressing to become the player Toronto drafted him to be.

MORE: How high is Anunoby's ceiling?

Anunoby is expected to compete for a starting role in training camp, but at the very least, he'll be a key piece of this newly-built Raptors rotation as they attempt to defend their 2019 NBA championship.

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