Raptors re-sign DJ Wilson on yet another 10-day contract

CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 26: D.J. Wilson #9 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - DECEMBER 26: D.J. Wilson #9 of the Toronto Raptors (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

After the Toronto Raptors traded away Goran Dragic for Thad Young and waived Drew Eubanks, Masai Ujiri had more financial flexibility to fill their 15th and final roster spot. Adding a veteran or converting the contract of Justin Champagnie made sense, but it appears that DJ Wilson was still on their minds.

During their chaotic Christmas time where nearly the entire team entered the health and safety protocols, Wilson was part of the taxi squad that ended up filling in for the sidelined starters. Of the many players Toronto promoted, Wilson was the only one with staying power.

Wilson may have reverted to the Oklahoma City Thunder for use in the G League after that stretch, but it appears as if the Raptors believed that he still had plenty to offer them on the court during their stretch run. Toronto is giving the former first-round pick another shot to stick around in Canada.

Multiple reports are confirming that Wilson has signed a 10-day contract and will be active for Toronto’s game against the Brooklyn Nets tonight. With the buyout market not looking too rosy for the Raptors, Toronto decided that rolling the dice on Wilson again could be in their best interests.

DJ Wilson has returned to the Toronto Raptors.

Wilson has been trying to get back in the league after failing to receive much playing time in Milwaukee and struggling to stick in Houston. Even with multiple teams passing on him, Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse seem to be infatuated with the blend of rim protection and scoring he brought to the table.

Wilson averaged 8.0 points and 4.7 rebounds per game while making 72% of his shots. While he will likely be brought on as a depth signing rather than a true difference-maker, his performance with the Raptors shows that he can be trusted to handle some substantial minutes against quality teams.

Wilson’s return comes at a time when OG Anunoby is suffering due to a fractured finger and players like Khem Birch are doing an inadequate job of replacing him. Don’t rule out the possibility of Wilson eventually making a return to the rotation in a very limited capacity.

Considering all of the players who have been killing it in the G League lately, the fact that Toronto has now resigned Wilson twice with a mostly healthy roster shows that are very bullish on his pro potential. Raptors fans who fell in love with Wilson during his initial stretch have seen their dreams of a return come true.

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