The Raptors 905 made a couple of moves today to try and improve their roster. As first reported by (who else?) Blake Murphy, the 905 have decided to waive Canadian power forward Richard Amardi. This is being done, as reported Sunday night by (who else?) Chris Reichert), to clear the way for Fuquan Edwin, who left his Finnish team to enter the G League player pool.
Edwin is a defense-first player who attended Seton Hall and led the NCAA in steals in his sophomore year. If coach Jerry Stackhouse is looking for help on the defensive end, adding Edwin will be huge for the 905.
Edwin went undrafted back in 2014 and spent his rookie season in the then D-League with the Sioux Falls Skyforce. In his only season there, he averaged 13.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.5 assists, and was also named to the All-Defensive first team.
Edwin can also help the 905 with his three-point shooting, a spot on the floor where the 905 have struggled this season. With the Skyforce, Edwin shot 39.8% from three (while shooting 46.5% from the field).
After his solid season in the D-League, Edwin didn’t get any NBA looks and decided to head overseas, playing in Venezuela, Israel, Australia, Kosovo, and Finland.
To make room for Edwin, the 905 had an apparent tough decision to make. Ultimately, they decided to waive Amardi.
Amardi played for the Brampton A’s of the NBL Canada League for two seasons before joining the Niagara River Lions last season. After three years in NBL Canada, Amardi tried out for the Raptors 905 and made the team.
With the 905, Amardi averaged 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 steals per game in 16 minutes. Amardi was impressive in the first couple of games but has since looked shaky and have seen his minutes decrease.