If you think it’s safe to sleep on this snowy Toronto Sunday Raptors Here’s another wake-up call: They are signing the late Little Forward Diandre Bembry Atlanta Hawks, For a two-year contract. ESPN’s Adam Schifter (!?) Broke the news:
Mini: Former Hawks ‘SF D’Andre’ Bembury have agreed a two-year, $ 4 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.
– Adam Schifter (d Adam Schifter) November 23, 2020
Shortly afterwards, Blake Murphy of The Athletic gave an explanation:
A source said the Bembree deal was not guaranteed for a second year. It’s not even 2/4, it’s for the vet minute, so the rest of the MLE is still available.
– Blake Murphy (laBlakeMurphyODC) November 23, 2020
(We take our guy Daniel Hawkett to sort the numbers! But once again, the second year selection shows that raptors are focused on maintaining flexibility in 2021.)
Bembury was the 21st pick in the 2016 draft, and has spent the last four seasons Hawks (Initially there was some time in the G-League). He is an athletic, energetic division, able to enter the lanes he travels and maintain multiple positions; He’s not much of a shooter and has room to thrive as a playmaker, but in those areas he should benefit greatly from some time with Toronto’s player development coaches. He adds depth to the wing and can see time in short-ball lineups Pascal Siakum And OG Anunobi In the front court.
Bembury scored 5.8 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21 minutes per game last season, shooting 46% off the ground, but only 23% from downtown. (Hmm, feels a little early-Siakam-ish!) Bembry came out of rotation in the second half of the year, and overall his number dropped from 2018-19 (8.4 points and 4.4 boards in 23.5 minutes).
He’s the perfect player to take the flyer for good value in what appears to be a transition year for the Raptors.
This action did not bring the raptors back Ronde Hollis-Jefferson, Who is an unrestricted free agent (and raptors have no bird rights).