Champagnie has not featured in either of Toronto’s two preseason games, as a nagging hip injury has sidelined him for the first two games. If Nurse is truly set on bringing Champagnie back, he doesn’t need a handful of preseason games to know he can be an NBA difference maker.
Champagnie’s best traits are his hustle and versatility, as he proved that he could be a well above-average NBA rebounder despite a 6-6 frame. His defense was admirable for a rookie playing multiple positions. If he’s fixed his 3-point shot and perimeter game, he should be a no-brainer choice.
Will the Toronto Raptors cut Justin Champagnie?
Champagnie was knocking on the rotation door as an undrafted player on a two-way contract last season, and he should be able to make an even more significant impact if he has spent time getting his perimeter game in order. Why risk completely ditching a developmental project the team has put so much time into?
Champagnie is going to make another NBA team very happy if the Raptors part ways with him. With a combination of skills that is absolutely perfect for what Toronto wants to do and a drive that has helped him scratch and claw for NBA minutes, it would take quite the effort to dislodge Champagnie.