The Raptors may not be playing at Toronto this year but that doesn't mean they won't be contenders in a wide open Eastern Conference. The 2019 NBA Champions are ready to run it back, and after letting some key pieces walk off, including Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol, they have have started making moves during free agency.
First it was Aron Baynes, who is expected to become the team's starting center for next season. Now, they have signed yet another 'big-man' in order to reinforce their second unit.
The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Alex Len has reached an agreement with the Raptors.
Len, who arrived to the league back in 2013 from Ukraine as the No. 5 overall pick, will be playing for his fourth different NBA organization. Through 452 career games in the association, the 27 year-old has career averages of 8 points and 5.8 rebounds in just under 19 minutes per contest.
His big presence in the post may be the reason why he's had some sort of success in the NBA. Len is expected to compete directly with Chris Boucher for back-up minutes behind Baynes. Boucher also agreed to a two-year, $13.5M deal to stay with the Raptors after having a 'breakout year'.
This will be Len's opportunity to play games that matter, as every year he's been in the league he's failed to make the playoffs.