Toronto Raptors Opt to Cut Ties with Jodie Meeks, Eying Marcin Gortat
The Toronto Raptors desperately need some shooting depth off the bench, which is why the signing of Jodie Meeks made a whole lot of sense.
It seems as though the Raptors front office thinks otherwise. As Meeks’ initial 10-day contract expired, expectations are that the Raptors will not extend a second 10-day contract to the veteran shooting guard. Meeks has only suited up in two games for the Raptors, averaging 7.5 points while shooting a not-too-shabby 37.5-percent from long range – albeit, a tiny sample size.
Jodie Meeks' 10-day contract has expired and it doesn't appear as though the Raptors are renewing it, at least not yet. They have 2 weeks to add a 14th player. Only players waived by their previous team prior to Mar. 1 would be playoff eligible.
— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 2, 2019
The Raptors now have two weeks left to add a 14th player to the roster. If the player is not added within that timeline, he will be ineligible for the playoffs.
A name that has floated around that has been linked to the team is the name of Marcin Gortat. The centre was bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers last month and is still looking for a new home. Through 47 games this season, Gortat has averaged 5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and would provide the Raptors with some stability down low, especially with the team’s continued inability to get on the defensive glass this season.
The Raptors rank in the middle of the pack this season in terms of defensive, offensive and total rebounding.