Toronto Raptors Sign Sharpshooter Svi Mykhailiuk to Two-Year Deal
The Toronto Raptors rebuild continues.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that the team has come to terms with free-agent forward Svi Mykhailiuk on a two-year deal, with the second season having a player option.
While the financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed, the 6-foot-7 Mykhailiuk fits the Raptors ever-growing youth movement. The 24-year old is entering his fourth NBA season and is coming off a year in which he averaged 6.9 points through 36 games with the Detroit Pistons.
“With the Raptors, if Mykhailiuk can ratchet up his shot-making, he may well find a role on a team that is lacking in high volume shooting and shot creation,” said Josh Kern of RaptorsHQ.
Svi Mykhailiuk's deal includes a player option in the second season. Several contenders expressed interest in the sharpshooting wing before he reached agreement with the Raptors. https://t.co/rZopT5lH6B
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“He’ll be battling in camp with the likes of Yuta Watanabe, Ish Wainwright, Sam Dekker and Isaac Bonga for one of the deep rotation spots, but given that Pascal Siakam will miss the start of the season, there’s plenty of room for someone to step and make an impact. Defensively, though, it’s hard to see Mykhailiuk finding favor with head coach Nick Nurse, who expects a lot from his players on that end. Although Mykhailiuk has decent size and a good set of shoulders, he doesn’t have the length that the Raptors seem to prize. So once again, it’s another project for the Raptors’ vaunted player development staff. We’ll see if they can help Mykhailiuk take his game to the next level,” Kern added.
The Ukrainian born forward was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2018 NBA Draft and has shot 36.2 percent from the perimeter for his career.