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Did someone say something about the Toronto Raptors having a type of player they like?
It appears they are going down the same road in chasing their preferred player type. The Athletic’s Blake Murphy has reported that forward Isaac Bonga will be signing with the Toronto Raptors. While the terms of the contract have not been released, it appears as though it will come with a partial guarantee and an invite to Toronto’s training camp with a chance to compete for a final roster spot.
Bonga, the 21 year-old from Germany, was drafted 39th overall in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers, though his rights were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night. He spent one season with the Lakers before being moved to the Washington Wizards as part of some salary funneling in the trade that brought superstar Anthony Davis to Hollywood, in order to pair him up with LeBron James.
Isaac Bonga is 6-foot-9 with a 7-foot wingspan, and has been regarded as a plus defender in his limited minutes, but has plenty of work to do offensively. A fresh start with the Raptors in their development program could help build Bonga’s skill-set from scratch, and take advantage of his tremendous physical tools to mold him into a productive player.
He fits the archetype of what Bobby Webster and Masai Ujiri look for in a player, and there is certainly still potential there given Bonga’s age and athleticism. With some fine-tuning, the Raptors are hoping they can turn Bonga’s career around and potentially find another piece to add to their young core that appears to be taking shape.
Bonga started eight games for the Wizards this past season and appeared in 40 contests overall, where he averaged 2.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game.