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Toronto Raptors Take Flyers on Sam Dekker, Ishmail Wainright

It is safe to expect another tough season of Toronto Raptors basketball.

After the departure of Kyle Lowry, the Raptors have struggled to make much noise in what has otherwise been an exhilarating free agent period.

The main order of business has been creating roster space as the Raptors waived Aron Baynes, Rodney Hood, DeAndre Bembry, and Paul Watson all in the span of a few short days. To replace the aforementioned names, the Raptors looked toward overseas and brought in Sam Dekker and Ishmail Wainright.

According to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, Dekker’s deal is only partially guaranteed and the 27-year old forward will compete for a roster spot in training camp. The former 19th overall pick out of Wisconsin has bounced around four teams in his brief NBA tenure before moving to play in the Turkish League. This past season, Dekker has shot 45-percent from the perimeter, a noteworthy improvement from his NBA career average of 28-percent.

Meanwhile, Wainright went undrafted out of Baylor back in 2017 and has played in Europe ever since. The 26 year old has averaged 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this past season with Strasbourg.


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