Montreal’s Boucher earns new deal with Raptors
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.