It seems the Raptors are moving on from the Anthony Bennett experiment in order to add more usable depth to the roster. The Vertical's Shams Charania is reporting that the Raptors have signed veteran big man Jason Thompson, who was let go by the Warriors earlier this month:
The Toronto Raptors are waiving forward Anthony Bennett to sign veteran Jason Thompson for the season, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 29, 2016
This is probably a bittersweet development for Raptors fans. As the first Canadian taken with the first pick in the NBA Draft back in 2013, it's a shame to see Bennett let go from his third team in three years. His future in the league is anything but certain. In his limited minutes this year, Bennett hasn't displayed a discernible NBA skill that makes him a must-have on the Raptors roster - or any other for that matter.
As Raptors Republic's Blake Murphy has suggested more than once of late, his best bet may be to latch on with Raptors 905 as a full-time affiliate in order to get some continuous reps in hopes of rehabbing his value.
Thompson isn't the kind of groundbreaking addition some fans were hoping Masai Ujiri to make at the trade deadline, but he will certainly bring more value to his roster spot than Bennett did this year. At 6'11, 250 pounds, Thompson is built like a centre but can play both front court positions. He's never shown to be a spectacular defender, but he's solid - and is markedly better on that end than the immobile Luis Scola.
This probably won't alter the Raptors rotation much. Casey has shown he's dedicated to starting Scola despite his serious struggles on both ends in recent weeks. Thompson's addition likely won't change that, but it will give Casey an extra toy to deploy when Scola struggles or foul trouble strikes. Thompson will surely be able to do more than Bennett did in those situations (remember when he was forced to guard Dirk Nowitzki earlier this year?).
For now, Thompson will assume the 10th or 11th-man designation. If Scola's regression continues to spiral out of control, though, Casey will have someone with experience to call on.
What do you think of the move by the Raptors?