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Raptors sign Paul Watson to fill open two-way spot

As expected, the Raptors replaced the departing Shamorie Ponds with guard Paul Watson

Toronto Raptors sign guard Paul Watson to fill open two-way spot Photo by Todd Lussier/NBAE via Getty Images

You could see the dominoes falling in slow motion. First, the rumours that the Raptors intended to sign Paul Watson Jr. to a two-way contract. Then, the Raptors waiving Shamorie Ponds, one their two two-way contracts. Next came Watson’s release from the Atlanta Hawks, where he was on a 10-day contract.

Finally, the official word came down early Wednesday evening: the Raptors have now signed Watson to a two-way contract. He’ll split time between the Raptors roster and the Raptors 905.

Watson is no stranger to the 905 — he’s appeared in 13 games for the g-league club so far this season, and he’s played well, scoring 18.9 points per game on 53% shooting (and 47% from downtown — on 7.1 attempts per game!), along with 7.4 rebounds.

Watson joins Oshae Brissett as the team’s second two-way player; counting both two-way contracts, the Raptors are carrying the maximum roster of 17 players.