Late last night, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Toronto Raptors had indeed signed the player Spears had recently linked them to, Guard Will Cherry.
From Spears' tweet:
Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo.
If it's indeed a minimum salary deal Cherry would likely receive just over $500k in his first season, and around $850k in the second year based on my understanding of how these types of contracts are typically structured. No word on if the second-year is guaranteed but you'd have to think, just like the Dwight Buycks situation last season, that it's not. Cherry will fill that "third-string PG role," and have to work to earn any sort of minutes with this club (barring injuries of course.)
However, the one interesting thing about this move is that Toronto didn't end up using that last roster spot on a big man, so Masai, Dwane Casey and co. must feel ok going to camp with really only "Bebe" and Chuck Hayes as true back-up center options behind Jonas Valanciunas. We'll see how that fares as the season gets going but it definitely flies in the face of what most of us thought regarding team needs. In our poll on the question, the majority of respondents voted to use that last roster spot indeed, on shoring up the big man positions.