Jul 31, 2014, 11:20 AM EST
Will Cherry didn’t impress enough to get drafted out of Montana in 2013.
He didn’t impress enough to get a call-up while playing in the D-League last season.
But his summer-league performance finally put him over the top.
With interest from the Cavaliers (his summer-league team) and Raptors, Cherry drew an NBA contract.
Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed to a two-year deal worth the NBA minimum with the Toronto Raptors, a source told Yahoo Sports Wednesday.
The Oakland, Calif., native is expected to sign the partially guaranteed contract in the coming days.
A partial guarantee puts Cherry in strong position to make the roster as the third point guard behind Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez. Teams don’t typically guarantee any money for a player likely to be waived before the first season of his contract, and No. 3 point guard is a role the Raptors will likely fill.
Cherry gives Toronto 14 players plus Lucas Nogueira, a 2013 first rounder who spent last season in Spain acquired in a trade with Lou Williams for John Salmons, and unsigned second-round pick DeAndre Daniels.
The Raptors want to sign Nogueira, but his buyout could be an issue. If they can sign him, Daniels likely gets squeezed out – becoming an unrestricted free agent or remaining in Toronto’s control if he agrees.
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