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Raptors announce signing of E.J. Singler

As we reported a few weeks back.

The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent forward E.J. Singler, the team announced Thursday.

Raptors Republic first broke news of the two sides agreeing to terms on Aug. 24, and I’ll direct you to that post for analysis of the signing. For a refresher, a snippet:

Singler sounds prophetic now, as he’s parlayed a strong Vegas showing into the camp deal. In five games at Summer League, he averaged 6.4 points, two rebounds, 1.4 assists, and one steal, shooting 48 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent on threes. He was also a key part of the Raptors’ dominant defensive showing in the tournament, with the team allowing just 90.5 points per-100 possessions when Singler was on the court. For the Raptors, that was an extension of his successful 10-game stint with the 905 – they acquired him at the trade deadline for a second-round pick – when he averaged 14.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 3.4 assists while knocking down 47.5 percent of his threes.

The younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kyle Singler, E.J. should have a decent shot at fighting for the Raptors’ final roster spot, depending on which route the team opts to go. While VanVleet would appear to be the short-term favorite with Delon Wright likely out until December, the roster is also a little thin on forwards and shooting. At 6-foot-6 and 215 pounds, Singler is far more three than four but has shown he can play up, at least at the D-league level, and his track record as a marksman is even more established than that of Uthoff, a deadly shooter in his own right. Drew Crawford and Yanick Moreira also loom, and the Raptors can still add one more player for camp under league rules.

Here’s how the roster stands today, with the players on non-guaranteed or partially guaranteed deals in bold:

PG: Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, (Delon Wright – injured), Fred VanVleet
SG: DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Drew Crawford
SF: DeMarre Carroll, Terrence Ross, Bruno Caboclo, E.J. Singler
PF: Jared Sullinger, Patrick Patterson, Pascal Siakam, Jarrod Uthoff (more of a 3/4, but we’ll slot him here)
C: Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira, Jakob Poeltl, Yanick Moreira

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