This is a fun (or funny) turn of events: According to the almight Woj, the Raptors have reportedly signed 30-year-old shooting guard Andy Rautins to a training camp deal.
Sources: Andy Rautins has agreed to camp deal with Toronto. His shooting made impression in workouts. W/ 13 guaranteed deals, he'll compete.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 22, 2017
No other details have emerged yet, but it’s safe to assume there isn’t much of a guarantee to the deal. (As B-Murph is reporting, this is a fact.) Rautins would represent the squad’s 20th signee — including the two two-way contracts given out — so it looks like the Raptors are all set for training camp. Obviously, who will make the team’s final 15-man roster, who will possibly end up with the 905, and who will just disappear into the basketball ether, remains to be seen.
Rautins, all 6’4” and 190 lbs of him, was selected 38th overall by the New York Knicks all the way back in the 2010 draft, after playing five years with Syracuse University. (He sat out one of those years with a knee injury.) Despite having a solid shooting stroke, Rautins only appeared in five NBA games and then disappeared into the wilds of the basketball world — he’s played for CB Lucentum Alicante, the Tulsa 66ers (now OKC Blue), Skyliners Frankfurt, Pallecanestro Varese (my favourite), and Gaziantep in Turkey. It’s been, uh, quite a trip.
But now, after burying the lede, we get to the fun stuff: Andy Rautins isn’t just any Rautins. He is the son of Raptors TV analyst Leo Rautins, owner of an equally forgettable, albeit comparably much longer, professional NBA career. The dynamics at play here are worth watching — will Leo be upset if/when his son is cut? Will he mention any of this on-air? Will conversation around the dinner table become strained? How will driveway games of 1-on-1 fare? We need answers! The fate of the Rautins family is at stake.
Man, I need the regular season to start soon.