Toronto Raptors Ink Canadian Khem Birch to Three-Year, $20M Deal
The Toronto Raptors made one of their first significant moves of free agency on Thursday.
Not only did they bring back Masai Ujiri, but they re-signed Canadian big man Khem Birch to a team-friendly, three-year, $20 million deal.
Birch impressed in his short 19-game stint with the Raptors, quickly taking over the starting center role and providing high energy and effort on both ends of the floor. After struggling to find a consistent role with the Orlando Magic, the 28-year old signed with the Raptors after clearing waivers and averaged 11.9 points and 7.6 rebounds per game with the Raptors.
Free agent C Khem Birch is returning to the Toronto Raptors on a three-year, $20M contract, his agent Austin Brown of @caa_basketball tells ESPN.
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While a lot of credit surely goes to Kyle Lowry who seemingly makes every player around him better, Birch played phenomenal basketball down the stretch and as the Raptors begin what looks to be a rebuild, Birch becomes a very valuable asset who can continue to evolve with the team.
Birch’s role on the 2021-22 roster became even more clear after the Raptors cut ties with Aron Baynes on Wednesday, leaving him and fellow Canadian Chris Boucher as the team’s two lone centers.