Source: Raptors sign free-agent forward Porter Jr.

TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Otto Porter Jr., who was a key member of the Golden State Warriors NBA championship team.

The two-year deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports and was confirmed to The Canadian Press by a source who is close to negotiations.

Porter, 29, averaged 8.2 points per game last season. He’s a tenacious defender and solid long-range shooter with a career average of 39.8 percent behind the bow.

Porter was selected third overall by Washington in the 2013 draft, and played the first six seasons of his career there before being traded to Chicago in 2019. Orlando then acquired him at the 2021 close and signed with the Warriors during the 2021 hiatus season.

The Raptors have been busy since free agency opened Thursday at 6 p.m. ET, signing Canadian forward Chris Boucher on a three-year deal and veteran forward Thaddeus Young on a multi-year contract extension.

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Boucher, a 6-foot-9 center from Montreal, agreed to a three-year deal worth $35.25 million, first reported by ESPN. Boucher posted a personal Raptors highlight reel to his Instagram account Thursday night with “Toronto is Home” and “Toronto, I’m Back!”

He averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and averaged 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in six playoff games against the Philadelphia 76ers last season.

Toronto acquired Young, a six-foot-tall, 235-pound New Orleans native, on February trade deadline day as part of a package that included upset Goran Dragic and the Raptors’ first-round pick in exchange for Young, San Antonios Second-round pick and the since-waived Drew Eubanks.

Young averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26 games for the Raptors. He averaged 3.3 points, three rebounds and 1.7 assists in six games in Toronto’s first-round playoff loss to Philadelphia, in which he saw his minutes limited by a sprained thumb.

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The 34-year-old has played 15 seasons in the NBA after being drafted 12th overall by Philadelphia in the 2007 draft. He holds career averages of 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 29.3 minutes in 1,085 games (711 starts) with Philadelphia, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Indiana, Chicago, San Antonio and Toronto.

“Thad is a senior pro who complements our core very well. He has integrated into the fabric of the team over the past season and we are pleased that he has decided to re-sign here in Toronto,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said in a statement.

“He is a smart and versatile player who will continue to provide valuable guidance for our younger players on the pitch and in the dressing room.”

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 1, 2022.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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