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Raptors waive Shamorie Ponds, open two-way roster spot

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The team announced they were waiving Ponds on Wednesday morning, perhaps to open space for Paul Watson.

Toronto Raptors waive Shamorie Ponds, open two-way roster spot Photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/NBAE via Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors have announced that they are waiving guard Shamorie Ponds, who was on one of the team’s two available two-way contract spots.

Waiving Ponds opens up one of those spots (the other is currently held by Oshae Brissett). A report late yesterday indicated that the Raptors were going to bring Paul Watson aboard, but that has yet to be confirmed.

(The Hawks did officially waive Watson this morning, so that signing could be imminent.)

Ponds played just 11 minutes with the big club; his presence on the roster as insurance for a point guard injury seemed a logical one, especially with Fred VanVleet missing time lately, but Nick Nurse has shown trust in multiple players bringing the ball up and initiating the offense, so Ponds didn’t get much chance to play.

Ponds played 18 games with Raptors 905, starting five; he averaged 14.4 points, four rebounds and three assists, but never really found his shot (.490 true shooting percentage).