10 Players still available for Raptors to sign in free agency

The Toronto Raptors have been quiet in free agency, but even with some big-name signings there are plenty of players still available to sign.
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Young Role Players: Saddiq Bey, Vlatko Cancar, Haywood Highsmith, Simone Fontecchio

It may be that the Raptors want to look at younger role players, those who have a chance to catch on and grow with their young core. In most cases that means taking a shot on someone who is "young but not so young" who hasn't yet had a major opportunity, or someone with a red flag due to injury or something else depressing their value.

Saddiq Bey is a combo forward with good size and decent shot mechanics, and he is only 25 years old. He also just tore his ACL in March and will miss much, if not all, of next season. The Raptors can afford to be patient, however, and perhaps Bey would be amenable to a "2+1" style contract that allows him to prove himself in that second year and then opt out to hit the open market or sign a new deal based on Early Bird Rights.

Vlatko Čančar is in a similar boat to Bey but close to a year ahead of him, having torn his ACL late last summer. He is also much less established as a player, but he has played well in international play for Slovenia alongside Luka Doncic and would be an excellent player to sign at around the minimum to see if he can come back from injury and show some NBA juice.

Hayward Highsmith is a defensive jack-of-all-trades, long and active and able to defend wings on the perimeter and rotate into the paint. He doesn't do much to create his own shot but he has improved as a shooter and his 39.6 percent from deep last year. He is a little older at 27 but has played just 144 career games and projects as a reliable 3-and-D forward who could be lured away from Miami.

Finally, the longshot on this list is Simone Fontecchio, a younger option for that 3-and-D forward role who shot 40.1 percent from deep and was a solid defender last season in his first real NBA opportunity. He is a restricted free agent with the Detroit Pistons and they seem likely to bring him back, but he was acquired by the previous front office, and the new group just sent Quentin Grimes to the Mavericks on the cheap. If they aren't enamored by Fontecchio, perhaps a sign-and-trade sending a future second back to the Pistons is enough to get it done.

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