With one final roster spot open before the eventual start of their 2019-20 training camp, the defending champion Raptors apparently spent the weekend signing small forward Oshae Brissett to an Exhibit 10 deal. The move brings Toronto’s roster to a full 20 players and puts the squad at rest until their official return to the public eye on September 28th for Media Day and camp in Quebec.
The news was reported by the Athletic’s Blake Murphy after a bit of sleuthing on Instagram. But the man himself then made it official on Twitter right here:
Brissett is 21-year-old small forward, listed at 6’8” and 210 pounds, who just so happens to hail from Toronto, Canada. He spent the last two seasons playing his college ball for Syracuse — a fact sure to delight Raptors’ analyst Leo Rautins. In that time, Brissett averaged 13.7 points in 35.7 minutes per game, to go with 8.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists, and shooting percentages of 37 percent from the floor and 31 percent from three. Admittedly, these are utilitarian numbers, with the shooting percentages presenting some specific cause for concern (even if they fit right in with Toronto’s new raft of non-shooting forwards).
Despite his undrafted presence in Toronto, Brissett has had some recent NBA contact. In fact, Brissett spent this most recent Summer League playing for the Los Angeles Clippers. Through five games for that squad, Brissett posted 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game, while shooting 29 percent from the floor in 17.6 minutes per contest. Again, not exactly numbers that inspire much confidence, but this is obviously a low-risk move from the Raptors.
Every summer Toronto expands its roster by way of Exhibit 10 deals. This allows them to invite some players of interest into training camp and potentially convert them into end-of-bench options (rare), two-way contracts (semi-common), or new G Leaguers for the 905 (most likely). As it stands right now, Toronto has already signed Sagaba Konate and Devin Robinson to such deals, putting them on the same continuum as Brissett. (Meanwhile, guys like Chris Boucher and Malcolm Miller have moved up to full-on contract status, while Jordan Loyd still occupies one of Toronto’s two-way slots.)
In any case, here’s where the 2019-20 Raptors roster stands at this moment, with some best guesses as to where Toronto will slot in some of their most recent signees:
PG: Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, Cameron Payne, Jordan Loyd
SG: Norman Powell, Terence Davis, Matt Thomas
SF: OG Anunoby, Stanley Johnson, Patrick McCaw, Malcolm Miller, Oshae Brissett, Devin Robinson
PF: Pascal Siakam, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Chris Boucher, Sagaba Konate
C: Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Dewan Hernandez