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.
Per source, the Hawks are waiving Paul Watson (currently on a 10-day) and he’s expected to sign a two-way with the Toronto Raptors.— Brad Rowland (@BTRowland) January 15, 2020
(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).