The Toronto Raptors have begun free agency in proactive fashion, re-signing forward Chris Boucher to a new three-year deal.
Chris Boucher is returning to the Toronto Raptors on a new three-year contract that will see him earn over $35 million during that time – seeing one of the team’s best bench players stick around into his thirties.
Boucher started nine games with the Raptors and averaged just over 21 minutes across 80 games throughout the year, contributing 9.4 points while predominantly playing in the power forward role.
His defensive skills were what truly helped the team on their run to fifth in the Eastern Conference, with 6.2 rebounds and 0.9 blocks provided per game by the 29-year-old.
Boucher’s re-signing comes just a day after the Raptors handed Thad Young a new two-year extension after his impressive stint towards the end of the 2021/22 regular season, but is by no means the last piece of business for the team this off-season.
According to reports, the Raptors are adding 2013 third overall pick and 2022 NBA champion Otto Porter Jr on a two-year deal, with the second year reportedly a player option, though official financial details have not been announced.
Porter will provide the Raptors with some much needed quality on the bench, with the team’s lack of depth offence and consistent defence two of the biggest areas that needed to be addressed this summer.
With the St. Louis, Missouri native, the Raptors will be getting plenty of help in their rotation entering the 2022/23 season.
Starting 15 out of 63 games for the Golden State Warriors, averaging over 22 minutes a game, Porter provided 5.7 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 1.5 assists and 8.2 points per game during the regular season.
His minutes dropped during the Warriors’ run to the NBA Championship, down to just under 20, but he still produced 3.4 rebounds, 5.4 points and 1.8 assists per game on route to his first ring.
His championship experience will benefit a fairly young Toronto Raptors roster, along with complimenting the players that still remain from the team’s own 2019 championship, and is another positive step towards making Nick Nurse’s side a contender once again.