Toronto Raptors End Preseason with Win, Roster Cuts Begin
The Toronto Raptors capped off their preseason with a win against their opening night opponents.
Behind a team-high 22 points off the bench from Malachi Flynn and 16 points from new-comer Goran Dragic, the Raptors took care of business against the Washington Wizards by a score of 113-108.
Now, the Raptors will be tasked with making some tough roster decisions heading into their season opener next week.
Per Raptors: Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry have been waived. That leaves Dekker, Wainright and Bonga for the last roster spot (with Watanabe already presumed to have the other).
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Early in the morning, the Raptors announced they have waived Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry. Perry will more than likely head to the team’s G-League site in Mississauga unless he is claimed by another team. Meanwhile, Gillespie, who performed very well for the Raptors down the stretch to finish off last season will be temporarily in limbo as the Memphis Grizzlies own his G-League rights.
That leaves the roster at 18 players with the trio of Sam Dekker, Isaac Bongo and Ishmail Wainright all vying for the final spot.
“We’re going to have to talk it over and think through a little bit and see what we end up with,” said Nurse after his team’s final preseason game. “I think that there wasn’t a whole lot of separation. I think that there are guys there that have all done a pretty good job and worked really hard and you could make a case for any of them, you really could. It’s a difficult decision. There’s not a whole lot of clear cut. It’s gonna be what do we think we’re going to do positionally more than anything, but we’ll kick it around and we’ll figure it out over the next couple of days.”
With Yuta Watanabe’s spot on the roster all but confirmed and Dekker’s 18-point game in the team’s preseason finale as well as his overall ability to stretch the floor, one can assume that the team’s roster decisions will be figured out sooner rather than later.
NBA teams can only carry 15 players plus two additional two-way players.