Raptors, Chris Boucher Agree To Three-Year Deal

The raptors agreed to bring the big man back chris butcher on a three-year contract worth $35.25 million, agent Sam Permut says ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link).

Toronto is using the rights to Boucher’s Bird to re-sign him to a deal worth a bit more than the full mid-level exception. This is a fully guaranteed deal, tweet ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

After leaving Oregon in 2017 at the age of 24, Boucher slowly became one of the best player development stories in the NBA. He was G League MVP and Defensive Player of the Year in 2018/19 with Toronto’s 905 affiliate Raptors, then became a regular rotation in 19/20, averaging 6.6 PPG, 4.5 RPG and 1.0 BPG in just 13.2 MPG (62 games).

His development led to a two-year, $13.5 million deal in 2020, which he easily outperformed over the past two seasons. Boucher averaged 13.6 PPG, 6.7 RPG and 1.9 BPG on .514/0.383/0.788 shooting in 20/21 (60 games, 24.2 MPG). His numbers fell to 9.4 PPG, 6.2 RPG and 0.9 BPG from 0.464/0.297/0.777 in 80 games (21.1 MPG) last season, partly due to finger surgery during the season. pre-season.

Boucher is an athletic, energetic big man who can block shots and limit opponents to 43.9% shooting last season. He’s an unusual player in many ways, standing 6’9″ but weighing only 200 pounds. Although Boucher often plays in the middle, he is able to switch positions on defense using his speed and 7’4″ wingspan.

Clearly, the Raptors highly value Boucher, despite his poor shooting year and limitations (he has 116 career assists in 123 games). Still, these limitations haven’t been a hindrance, as the team has been significantly better when on the pitch for the past two seasons.

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