Raptors Sign Forward Yuta Watanabe to Standard Two-Year Contract
Yuta Watanabe has been a spark plug for the Toronto Raptors this season.
In what has been a disappointing season, the Raptors can still find plenty of bright spots, one of which has been the steady play of Watanabe. On Monday morning, the Raptors and Watanabe reached an extension as the 26-year old signed onto a standard two-year contract.
The Raptors signed Yuta Watanabe to a standard NBA contract
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The Japanese native has played in 39 games and has brought defensive intensity and solid three-point shooting whenever on the floor. Simply put, Watanabe fits the mold of what it means to be a Raptor and has shown the type of mentality and work ethic that we have grown very accustomed to seeing from the Raptors under Masai Ujiri’s watch. The 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 4.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game and recently recorded a career-high 21 points against the Orlando Magic.
Prior to joining the Raptors, Watanabe spent two seasons as a two-way player with the Memphis Grizzlies. He played four collegiate seasons at George Washington and was named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
Watanabe was initially brought in on an Exhibit 10 contract.