Lightning in a Bottle


Toronto Raptors Continue to Add, Sign Cameron Payne, Devin Robinson

The Toronto Raptors mission back into contention will be an interesting one starting this upcoming season.

The reigning NBA champions will sport a different look as they accept their rings in late October, as the franchise seems fully commited to building around Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby.

With the futures of the team’s veterans uncertain, the Raptors continue to sign undervalued players with tools and upside in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. That is what Masai Ujiri was aiming for on Wednesday, when his team inked former lottery pick Cameron Payne to a two-year, partially guaranteed contract.

With high aspirations when drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Payne has failed to live up to expectations, splitting time between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls last season, averaging 6.3 points through 40 games. Nevertheless, Payne has impressed greatly in Summer League and will look to compete for reserve point guard minutes behind Fred VanVleet.

On another note, the Raptors also signed Devin Robinson to a non-guaranteed one year deal, or in other words, a training camp invite. Undrafted in 2017, Robinson averaged 19.9 points on 54.8 percent shooting and 8.2 rebounds per game in the G League last season.

The two minor moves push the Raptors roster to 19, one shy of the maximum number ahead of training camp.


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