5 Toronto Raptors who definitely won't be back next season

Garrett Temple, Mouhamadou Gueye, Toronto Raptors
Garrett Temple, Mouhamadou Gueye, Toronto Raptors / Stephen Maturen/GettyImages
4 of 6

No. 3: Malik Williams

We are listing Malik Williams here as a player (likely the player) not likely to return next season, but he is also representative of the fact that the Raptors are more likely to wipe the slate clean with the end-of-roster reinforcements they signed during the season than bring them back.

Malik Williams is a 6'11" center that Toronto signed to a pair of 10-day contracts late in the year to fill in the gaps of a severely-depleted big man rotation. With Jakob Poeltl and Chris Boucher sidelined due to season-ending injuries, and Jontay Porter away from the team while being investigated for gambling impropriety, the Raptors were extremely thin on the backline. When Kelly Olynyk then missed time the team had to sign Williams off the street and immediately started him the same day.

The rookie appeared in just a handful of games but drew two starts filling in for Olynyk, showing off his prodigious rebounding skills but doing little else to recommend himself as a rostered NBA player; there was a reason he was available this late in the season. He may find a two-way contract next season, but more likely he will be back in the G League or overseas next year.

Speaking of Jontay Porter, there is a very strong chance he will be banned from the league and off the Raptors next season. At the same time, if he is exonerated, the Raptors will almost certainly bring him back and develop him as a long-term backup center.