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The Toronto Raptors announced this morning they have signed forward Reggie Perry to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Perry, a 21 year-old power forward from Mississippi State, was drafted 57th overall by the Brooklyn Nets in the 2020 NBA Draft. He appeared in 26 games for the Nets last season, in which he averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in 8.1 minutes.
The deal gives Perry a camp spot, and allows the Raptors to either convert his deal to a two-way contract, or to add him to the Raptors 905 roster. At the conclusion of training camp and preseason, it is more than likely he will play in the G League, as the Raptors’ two-way slots are already occupied by rookies David Johnson and Justin Champagnie.
The 6-foot-8 forward also has a connection with Raptors rookie Scottie Barnes, as the two of them were teammates on the 2019 FIBA U-19 World Cup for Team USA. Perry averaged 13.1 points and 7.9 rebounds per game in the tournament where the Americans captured the gold medal, and Perry took home the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
This, in spite of the fact that Team USA had a roster loaded with young talent. Players on the team included each of the top five picks from the 2021 NBA Draft in Cade Cunningham, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jalen Suggs, and Barnes. NBA sophomores Tyrese Haliburton of the Sacramento Kings and Kira Lewis of the New Orleans Pelicans were also part of the American team.
While Perry is unlikely to earn an NBA roster spot, he should prove to be a solid addition to the Raptors 905, and adds yet another young piece for the Raptors to develop within their program this season. He has a knack for getting on the glass, and has been a standout player on every team he has been a part of thanks to his relentless energy and hustle.
The Toronto Raptors are laying the foundation to focus heavily on player development this season, and fans can look forward to seeing lots of progress and growth from their youth in the season to come.