Former Baylor Bears forward Freddie Gillespie played his way into a two-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, the Raptors announced on Wednesday in a press release.
Gillespie made his Toronto debut on April 10 after signing an initial 10-day contract. After an impressive start with the Raptors, he signed another 10-day contract. NBA teams can sign players to two successive 10-day contracts before deciding to either offer the player a longer-term deal or releasing him.
The Raptors opted to sign Gillespie for the remainder of the season, plus the 2021-22 season. That would also make him available to the Raptors’ postseason roster, should the Raptors work their way into the playoffs. Entering games on April 28, the Raptors are in 12th place in the Eastern Conference, but they’re just a game behind the Washington Wizards for 10th place, which would put the Raptors in the Eastern Conference’s play-in tournament.
In 10 games, Gillespie is averaging 5.3 points and 3.6 rebounds per game for the Raptors. The 6-foot-9 Gillespie joined the Raptors after playing for their G League team in the Orlando ‘bubble.’ There, Gillespie played in 15 games where he averaged 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. That made an impression on the Raptors, who signed Gillespie to his first 10-day deal on April 9, just a few days after he watched his former Baylor teammates win their first national championship in Indianapolis.
Gillespie made an impression early on with the Raptors, including scoring nine points and grabbing eight rebounds in nearly 19 minutes in a win over the San Antonio Spurs on April 14.
Gillespie has settled into a solid bench role for the Raptors, as he’s averaging 16 minutes per game and has scored a season-high 10 points twice: April 18 vs. Oklahoma City and April 16 vs. Orlando.
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