He’s maybe not the number one priority for the Raptors, but as was reported earlier today, Toronto is indeed planning to re-sign Lorenzo Brown to a one-year deal. The news comes first from Yahoo’s Shams Charania:
Guard Lorenzo Brown is finalizing a one-year deal with the Raptors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Brown was on a two-way contract with Toronto last season and won G League MVP for Raptors 905.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 17, 2018
And since then, Blake “the Big Man” Murphy has learned the deal is only partially guaranteed. We don’t know the terms there, but it strikes me it’d be longer than a simple training camp guarantee — this is the reigning G League MVP we’re talking about here.
At 27 years old, the 6’5”, 189-pound Brown appeared in 14 games for the Raptors, averaging just shy of 10 minutes per game (9.9). He also put in 2.3 points, 0.9 assists, and 1.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 41 percent from the field (and a grim 17 percent from three). Brown also appeared in four playoff games for the Raptors, which is some kind of turn of events for a player originally brought in a two-way contract to fill in as an emergency emergency point guard.
But again, in the G League, Brown was lights out. If you read any of Cole Shelton or JD Quirante’s weekly G League reports (Dial 905 or Prospect Report), you would have noticed Brown’s name again and again. Toronto valued him there, counted on him to shore up the rotation (especially when the team dealt with injuries to both Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet), and have now rewarded him as such.
With the signing (and after the withdrawal of an offer to Malcolm Miller and the waiving of Alfonzo McKinnie), the Raptors now have a 13-man roster. They’ve also got Rawle Alkins on a training camp deal, which means they can bring in six more guys until it’s time to turn in for next season. So now, we wait.