February 3, 2023
Raptors Waive Deep Spot Contender Svi Mykhailiuk

According to professional sleuth Sham Charania, the Raptors have let go of Svi Mykhailiuk, who was in the running for a deep bench spot.

On paper, it’s not a big surprise that the Raptors are moving on from the former second-round pick for the Lakers. Mykhailiuk averaged just 4.6 points per game in 2021-22. He played 12.8 minutes a night and shot less than 31% from three-point range. It was a problem for a guy known as a shooter throughout the year, even though he had never been good from long range. In the NBA, except for a chunk of a season in Detroit.

He had a good preseason last fall and looked like he would be in the rotation. However, he never returned to the flashes of second-side creation he showed before the games started to matter.

Svi Mykhailiuk Guaranteed Contract

Svi Mykhailiuk Guaranteed Contract

Svi was on a guaranteed contract because he picked up his player option earlier this summer, so the Raptors’ books will take a minor hit when they let him go. Still, between him and the new player Juancho Hernangomez, who also signed a deal with a guarantee, it seemed likely that Toronto would have to pay money to get rid of one of their training camp invites.

Nineteen of the twenty spots on Toronto’s training camp roster are now filled. Who Toronto chooses to let compete for a spot on the team’s 15-man roster is a little interesting but probably doesn’t matter in the end. Technically, the Raptors only have 12 guys on guaranteed contracts who seem sure to make the team. However, Dalano Banton and Justin Champagnie’s non-guaranteed agreements should be made ironclad before the season starts on October 19 against Cleveland.

That would leave Hernangomez, Gabe Brown, DJ Wilson, and whoever the last invitee is to compete for one spot. For now, Jeff Dowtin and Ron Harper Jr. are taking the two-way spots. This year’s training camp won’t be for you if you like watching people fight for roster spots where they will play for few or no minutes.

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