Frontcourt signings by the Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors have now addressed their frontcourt by re-signing Chris Boucher and adding in free agency Aron Baynes, a 33-year-old career backup. It’s also been a strange off-season for big men in the NBA regarding the market undervaluing them in free agency.
Remember Serge Ibaka is only 31 years old and just came off his best statistical season in which he earned 23 million dollars. His deal with the Los Angeles Clippers is a massive pay cut.
It is troubling that the Raptors failed to secure Serge Ibaka on a similar deal unless Serge Ibaka really wanted to leave. As the best performing center on the team, he was relegated to a backup role.
Most of the best power forward and centers in the 2020 NBA free agency have signed for not much more than two years and the mid-level exception of 9 million per season. This applies to Serge Ibaka, who the Toronto Raptors lost to the Los Angeles Clippers and the sixth man of the year award winner Montrezl Harrell who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The signing of Aron Baynes suggests, barring other moves, that Chris Boucher and Dewan Hernandez will see expanded roles with the Toronto Raptors in 2020/21.