Following the news today that the Raptors expect to use a roster spot and a two-way deal for Montreal native Chris Boucher, The Athletic’s Blake Murphy is reporting that another contract is about to be inked. It’s reported that the Raptors will sign Malcolm Miller to an Exhibit 10 deal, with the intent of waiving him to allow him recovery from a torn labrum suffered this summer.
The Raptors are expected to sign Malcolm Miller to an Exhibit 10 deal pending a physical, per a source.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) October 12, 2018
Idea is to sign Miller, waive him, and allow him to rehab from a torn labrum with Raptors 905. He'll get a bonus and stay in the org that way. Tracking to return by January.
An Exhibit 10 deal, for those who don’t know (like me before writing this article — for shame), is intended to give a player a bonus if he signs a contract with the team’s G League affiliate upon being waived by the parent club. The player must remain with the G League affiliate for 60 days to receive the bonus, and the NBA team isn’t hit with a cap charge.
Exhibit 10 deals can also be converted to two-way deals, but considering the context here — Boucher’s signing and all — that won’t be the case here.
Keeping Miller around is probably in the best interest of the Raptors organization. The wing spent time with both the NBA squad and Raptors 905 last year, highlighted by a few starts and a 3-for-3 shooting game against the Rockets in March. In 15 games during the 2017-18 season, Miller averaged 2.5 points and 1.0 rebounds while shooting 45 per cent from the floor.
Now, he’s recovering from a torn labrum suffered during Las Vegas Summer League, and the new deal should allow him time to heal without risking job security. The Raptors withdrew their qualifying offer to Miller after the injury, but obviously this keeps him within arms reach once he heals.