The Raptors 905 season starts in a week, but they’ve already received some bad news. Today it’s been reported that Kyle Wiltjer has signed overseas with Olympiacos on a one-year deal.
The official notice:
OFFICIAL— Eurohoops.net (@Eurohoopsnet) October 29, 2017
Olympiacos signed Kyle Wiltjer for the remainder of the seasonhttps://t.co/USvDYpRfqd
Wiltjer was in camp with the Toronto Raptors but was waived what it came time to trim down their roster. He decided to move on to the 905 as an affiliate player, adding a big boost to the defending champ’s depleted roster.
With the 905 Wiltjer was supposed to be the starting power forward — one who can knock down threes on a regular basis. The intent was for Wiltjer to supply shooting to a team that doesn’t look like it will have much of it on the roster.
Last season in the (then) D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Wiltjer averaged 35.8 minutes per game while producing 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists, and shooting 38 percent from three.
Now without Wiltjer, it opens up another roster spot on the 905 roster which seems much weaker than last year’s. How the 905 replace Wiltjer and his shooting is up in the air. All in all, it’s a loss for the 905 just before the season starts.