The Raptors are not exactly making the guessing game for their final roster spot an easy one. Fresh off signing Fred VanVleet earlier this week, Toronto has now added Jarrod Uthoff, after reportedly signing him to a two-year partially guaranteed contract.
As per usual, news of the agreement -- which has yet to be made official -- was announced by
Sources: Undrafted Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2016
Uthoff, a 23-year-old senior forward from Iowa, checks in at 6'10'' and 214 pounds. In his final collegiate season, he averaged 18.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 2.5 blocks and 31.5 minutes in 33 games. It should als be mentioned, Uthoff shot 44.8 percent from the field, including 38.2 percent from deep, in that season. In fact, as Draft Express reports, the big man is mostly known for his jump shooting ability, along with some competent defensive skills. Uthoff is apparently one of eight NCAA players who averaged over 25 minutes a game, one steal and three blocks per 40 minutes, pace adjusted. Ultimately, however, he went undrafted this summer and was ranked 59th on the Draft Express boards. So, uh, that's something.
The bottom line here is, much like VanVleet, Uthoff will be brought in as a player the Raptors organization likes. He'll be in training camp, and presumably get a chance to be on the Raptors 905 if everyone is so inclined. The odds of him actually being the 15th man on the Raptors full-time roster seem fairly low.
But still, bonne chance Jarrod.
An earlier version of this post said the deal was official. No announcement from the Raptors has been made as of yet.