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Report: Raptors sign Freddie Gillespie to two-year deal

After two 10-days and some impressive hustle, the former G-Leaguer has a big-league deal

Toronto Raptors v New York Knicks, Freddie Gillespie Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors continue to shore up their bench roster for next season. Reports this morning have the team signing Freddie Gillespie to a two-year deal that keeps the former G-Leaguer with the Raptors with the big club for next season.

This news comes after the team also converted Yuta Watanabe’s two-way contract in a similar manner. Both players have provided consistent hustle and energy in their bench minutes to date, and should continue to develop with a full season in the Raptors development program.

Blake Murphy reports some additional detail on Gillespie’s deal, including a small guarantee for next season:

In his 10 thus far games with the Raptors, Gillespie has averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds in about 16 minutes per night. He’s showcased a nose for the ball which, combined with his high motor, makes him a hassle for opposing teams around the rim and on the glass — even when he doesn’t get his hands on the ball, Gillespie makes his presence felt. He’s also go soft hands, always useful for catching tough Kyle Lowry passes and finishing at the cup.

Like most young bigs, Gillespie fouls too much (5.2 personal fouls per 36 minutes), but that’s something he’ll be able to work on as he learns to play with his feet and body more.

All in all, this deal is a low-risk for the Raptors, and potentially high-reward for Gillespie, who’ll continue to get minutes in the team’s remaining 10 games and will in all likelihood get the opportunity to fight for an even bigger role in next season’s training camp.