Mon­treal’s Boucher earns new deal with Rap­tors

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Chris Boucher has se­cured one of the Toronto Rap­tors’ two-way con­tracts.

The 25-year-old for­ward from Mon­treal had nine points, two re­bounds and four blocks in 19 min­utes of ac­tion over four pre-sea­son games with the Rap­tors. In Toronto’s 118-91 win over Brook­lyn on Wed­nes­day at the Bell Cen­tre, Boucher came off the bench to a stand­ing ova­tion with six min­utes to go, con­nect­ing on a pair of three­p­oint­ers.

The bat­tle for the Rap­tors’ sec­ond two-way con­tract — Toronto al­ready had Jor­dan Loyd in the first one — had been one of the big­gest sto­ries dur­ing camp. In­tro­duced a year ago, NBA teams are al­lowed to carry two ad­di­tional play­ers un­der two-way con­tracts, al­low­ing them to play for both the NBA team and its G League af­fil­i­ate — in Toronto’s case, Rap­tors 905.

The 6-foot-10 Boucher spent last sea­son as a two-way player with Golden State. He ap­peared in one game with the War­riors and av­er­aged 11.8 points, 7.5 re­bounds and 2.1 blocks in 20 games with Santa Cruz, their G League af­fil­i­ate.

Boucher beat out Deng Adel and Eric More­land for the spot. They were both waived by Toronto on Fri­day along with guards Kyle Collinsworth and Kay Felder.

The Rap­tors open the reg­u­lar sea­son Wed­nes­day when they host the Cleve­land Cava­liers.

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