The Toronto Raptors have (finally!) signed a full-time player to fill their 15th and final roster spot, and it’s a familiar name: Eric Moreland, who spent a 10-day contract with the Raptors last month.
The Raptors have signed Eric Moreland for the remainder of the season. He'll be playoff eligible.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) April 9, 2019
No word on the length of the deal, but we can assume it’s only for the remainder of this season. Moreland is eligible to play tonight, in the Raptors’ final regular season game, and for the entirety of the postseason.
Moreland appeared in three games with the Raptors in March, averaging 2.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in about 10 minutes. He’s a strong defender and rebounder, and is exactly the sort of player you want on the end of your bench for insurance.
And that’s what this move is; Moreland will act as emergency big man insurance or garbage time filler exclusively, and shouldn’t shouldn’t have much of an impact on the roster overall. If you tune into a Raptors game and see Moreland on the court, then you know either things have gone extremely well — or horribly, horribly wrong.
The 27-year-old Moreland has career averages of 2.0 points and 3.7 rebounds and has appeared in 82 total games with Sacramento, Detroit, Phoenix and Toronto.