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As the Toronto Raptors continue to shape their roster with training camp just five weeks away, the race for the final few roster spots just became a little tighter.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania has reported that guard/forward Svi Mykhailiuk has agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, per his agency, SIG Sports.
Mykhailiuk, a 24 year-old Ukranian, has played three seasons in the NBA across three different teams. He began the 2020-21 season with the Detroit Pistons, but was moved in a mid-season trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with a future second round pick in exchange for Hamidou Diallo.
He enjoyed a successful second half of the season in an expanded role for the rebuilding Thunder, averaging 10.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 44 percent from the field overall, including 34 percent from three point range. He has developed into a strong off-ball player who can catch and shoot, while also having a good sense of when to cut for easy baskets.
He was also a blossoming Raptors killer, but no longer!
Mykhailiuk’s deal with the Raptors will be fully guaranteed with a player option for next season, which brings the total number of guaranteed contracts on the team up to 12.
There are now only three NBA roster spots remaining, and rookies David Johnson and Justin Champagnie occupying the two-way slots, it will make for a competitive training camp. Freddie Gillespie, Yuta Watanabe, Ishmail Wainwright, Sam Dekker, and Isaac Bonga are expected to duke it out for the final spots on the roster.
What Mykhailiuk brings to the Raptors is shooting and intangibles on the offensive end, and this should be a helpful boost to the bench to relieve some of the scoring pressure off sophomore guard Malachi Flynn. He should prove to be a valuable addition to the bench with his spacing, and with a player option on the second year, he should certainly be eager to prove himself with a bigger role on a younger Raptor team.