The Raptors have hit their training camp roster limit of 20 players: last week’s signing of undrafted free agent wing Deng Adel put them at 19 players, and now, reportedly, they’re done. Per Michael Scotto of the Athletic the Raptors have signed former Detroit Pistons backup big man Eric Moreland.
The Toronto Raptors and free agent forward Eric Moreland have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal, a league source told The Athletic.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) September 18, 2018
Moreland was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Oregon State by the Sacramento Kings back in 2014, but he barely played in his two years on the Kings roster. After spending a full season in the G-League in 2016-17, he had an extremely impressive 2017 Summer League and the Pistons rewarded him with a partially guaranteed contract.
With Jon Leuer injured and Boban Marjanovic traded mid-season, Moreland ended up getting relatively consistent, though still limited, minutes. His per game stats look paltry, as Moreland only played 12 minutes per game, but in that time he showed himself to be a force defensively and on the glass, as he averaged 12.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.3 blocks per 36 minutes. Moreland struggles to make any shots outside the restricted area, and he shot only 38% at the free throw line, but he showed some flashes as a passer, averaging over an assist per game despite his lack of playing time.
The Raptors already have 14 contracts guaranteed for at least $800,000, and as such Moreland will be in tough to make the Raptors’ NBA roster in training camp. With that being said, he has the best NBA track record of any of the Raptors’ partially guaranteed camp invites and fills a need, bringing a dose of energy at the centre position to a team who’s traditional fives are more plodding.
We’ll find out if anything comes of this in the very near future, as the Raptors begin training camp on the 25th of September.