As we barrel towards the start of the NBA season, the Raptors are putting the finishing touches on their 2019-20 roster. To that end, the team announced today their plans to convert the contract they signed with forward Oshae Brissett into a two-way deal that would have him split his time between the Raptors and the G-League’s 905. As per the terms of a two-way contract (one of two the Raptors have), he’ll be permitted 60 work days in Toronto throughout the length of the NBA season.
For those who don’t know, Brissett is from Mississauga and spent two seasons at Syracuse (much to Leo Rautins’ delight, I’m sure) where he put 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds in 35.7 minutes per game across 71 contests. Since then he’s mostly made his mark as a member of Canada’s Men’s National Team — though he did have to pull out of this past summer’s FIBA World Cup tourney because of a left knee injury. Before that, in 2016, Brissett helped Canada to a silver medal in the Under 18 Championship.
Brissett went undrafted in 2019 and joins the Raptors as a 6’8”, 210 pound forward with an inside-out game and a motor that has surely endeared him to the team’s coaches. During the Raptors’ preseason contests, Brissett stood out for that hustle alone; it’s the kind of thing he’ll have to do to stick on the roster and have an impact on any given game he may find himself in. (He put up a modest 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per game in the preseason.) For now, it’s safe to assume Brissett will spend most of his time with the 905, joining Matt Morgan, Dewan Hernandez, Devin Robinson, and fellow Canadian Tyler Ennis, as they run the show in the G-League.
As it stands, the Raptors roster now stands at 16, with Brissett taking one of the two 2-way contract spots. The only questions that remain will be what Toronto will do with Isaiah Taylor, brought in semi-last minute after Jordan Loyd left the Raptors, and Malcolm Miller, who’s entering his third year at the end of Toronto’s bench.
[Extremely Late Update]: Miller is on the team, but no word yet of what will happen with Taylor as either a two-way contract option or a full-time 905er. We’ll update you with any news either way.