According to Dime Magazine, the Raptors are reportedly going to sign Kyle Wiltjer, a 6’10’’ power forward, to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth about $1.3 million. Much like last season, when the Raptors entered training camp with an extra half dozen players, Wiltjer will compete for the 15th spot on the roster, or possibly head to the G-League as a 905-er.
Kyle Wiltjer(@kwiltj) has signed with the @Raptors, league sources tell @DimeUPROXX. Story: https://t.co/a1zClWCJ8u— Oliver Maroney (@OMaroneyNBA) August 15, 2017
Wiltjer comes to Toronto via the Clippers, who waived him in July after making the massive Chris Paul trade. Though Wiltjer went undrafted, he did sign with the Rockets for his rookie season in the NBA, and managed to appear in a total of 14 games. As you can probably guess, he was not much of an impact player for Houston and spent large chunks of last season playing with their G-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, where he put up 20.5 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Hey, not bad!
Nevertheless, Wiltjer was a solid shooter in college, spending two years in Kentucky and then two years at Gonzaga. He’s also a dual Canadian-American citizen, and is apparently happy to be in Canada, which is nice. He’ll have his work cut out for him though, as he’ll join the likes of Kennedy Meeks, Alfonzo McKinnie, and presumably a few more names, in the battle for playing time with the Raptors.
No word yet on whether the Raptors will enforce there “one Kyle only” rule.
.@Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed forward Kyle Wiltjer (WILT-jer). #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/8PED3O0ZNw— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) August 15, 2017