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Raptors to sign Tyler Hansbrough to two-year contract

Jul 9, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

Tyler Hansbrough

What are the Raptors doing?

Trying to win, I guess.

Despite predictions of mass tanking across the NBA next season, Toronto – which also rejected dumping the talented-but-overpaid Rudy Gay for cap relief and traded Andrea Bargnani (a move that helps with the cap and increases the Raptors’ chances of winning next season) – will sign Tyler Hansbrough to a two-year contract, according to Doug Smith of the Toronto Star.

Hansbrough, 27, offers little upside for a rebuilding team. But for a Raptors team that went 33-26 to close last season, he can fill a very specific role.

He’ll be a bull offensively, grabbing rebounds and scoring in the paint (and perhaps shooting a few too many jumpers). Just don’t expect him to pass. Hansbrough averaged an assist every 38 minutes last season – and that was actually more frequent than the year before.

Obviously, the terms of the deal will be crucial to the Raptors, who are still in the range of the luxury-tax line. The Pacers deemed Hansbrough not to be worth a one-year, $4,135,391 contract, so it will be interesting to see how Toronto values him.

The Pacers have relied less and less on Hansbrough, and after re-signing David West, keeping Hansbrough would have been a luxury. Instead, Indiana signed Chris Copeland, who might fit better than Hansbrough did.

The Pacers should be fine without Hansbrough, and the Raptors should be a little better with him. This just came down to how each team perceived him and how much each could afford to spend.

  1. dezglobal - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    He was always overrated.

  2. billyjaguar - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    …never to be seen again.

  3. badintent - Jul 9, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    He got bulked up, and abandoned his college game of slashing , running on the break and making his team mates better. He would do much better in Europe, much more suited to his college game.Just has to be quick to avoid the batteries and bags of dog poo-poo throw at him.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jul 9, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    They could do worse as a big off the bench. They could do better too.

  5. metalhead65 - Jul 10, 2013 at 8:35 AM

    he did what the pacers wanted him to do so that makes him a bad player? did anybody else notice he did more than just hustle when he filled in as starter while west missed 5 games with injury last season? something 14 points a game and 7 rebounds. in other words they did not miss west and he can do more than just hustle when given the chance which he will hopefully get in toronto.

  6. jimsjam33 - Jul 10, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    The Clippers should have picked him up as a back-up for Blake Griffin .

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