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Report: Will Cherry to sign with Raptors

Jul 31, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT

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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.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

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.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Good for him.

    Even league minimum money is a nice pay day.

  2. spursareold - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    “Teams don’t typically guarantee any money for a player likely to be waived before the first season of his contract…”

    That’s not even remotely true. Teams will FREQUENTLY guarantee maybe $50-100K to get a player to come to camp with their team instead of another team.

  3. samsonight1010 - Jul 31, 2014 at 12:15 PM

    Good pickup for the raptors, wish the cavs would have done it. He was solid in Vegas

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