Toronto Raptors

Toronto Raptors waive Alex Antetokounmpo and Josh Hall, both to join Raptors 905

The Toronto Raptors announced on Friday that they have waived forwards Alex Antetokounmpo and Josh Hall, two players on the training camp roster who were on Exhibit 10 contracts.

This transaction allows the Raptors to keep the tandem in the organization, as both players will join the franchise's G League affiliate Raptors 905 when training camp opens later in October.

The move didn't come as much of a surprise, as the Raptors only have two remaining roster spots for the 2021-22 season. The expectation is that forward Yuta Watanabe will claim one of those spots, with Isaac Bonga, Ish Wainright and Sam Dekker competing for the other. Toronto's front office will have until Monday to make its final roster cuts ahead of the start of the season.

MORE: What should Raptors do with final roster spots?

Keeping Hall and Antetokounmpo in the organization can only be seen as a positive with the history of the Raptors' renowned player development program.

Hall, 21, is a 6-foot-9 forward who was once a top-50 high school recruit in the country. He has limited experience beyond the high school level, as he elected to forgo his college eligibility and declare for the 2020 NBA Draft. After going undrafted, Hall was picked up by the Oklahoma City Thunder on a two-way contract. He appeared in 21 games in last year, closing the season strong with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Thunder's final game.

Antetokounmpo, 20, comes from a strong bloodline as the youngest brother of reigning Finals MVP Giannis. He elected to play professionally overseas instead of playing college basketball, with his most impressive game being a 28-point outing with six 3s for the reserve team of Liga ACB's UCAM Murcia. After going undrafted in 2021, Antetokounmpo signed on with the Sacramento Kings Summer League team that went on to win the championship in Las Vegas. He appeared in four games, tallying two points, three rebounds and one steal.

Both players should receive plenty of opportunity to improve with Raptors 905 this upcoming season.

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