Mon­treal na­tive Boucher inks deal with Rap­tors

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - Sports -

TORONTO — Canada’s 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 pre­sea­son games with the Rap­tors. In Toronto’s 118-91 win against Brook­lyn on Wednesday in Mon­treal, Boucher came off the bench to a stand­ing ova­tion with six min­utes to go, con­nect­ing on a pair of three-point­ers.

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 twoway con­tracts, al­low­ing them to play for both the NBA team, and its G League af­fil­i­ate — in Toronto’s case, Rap­tors 905.

The six-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, 2.1 blocks and 22.2 min­utes in 20 games with Santa Cruz, their G League af­fil­i­ate.

Boucher played col­lege bas­ket­ball for the Ore­gon Ducks, earn­ing Pac-12 all-de­fen­sive team hon­ours. His col­lege ca­reer was cut short by a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment. He went un­drafted a cou­ple of months later.

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

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

GRA­HAM HUGHES THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Toronto Rap­tors player Chris Boucher, left, de­fends against Brook­lyn's Spencer Din­wid­die dur­ing an NBA ex­hi­bi­tion game on Wednesday.

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