Raptors sign guard Matt Morgan

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Matt Morgan
at the LJVM Coliseum on January 2, 2019 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The Demon Deacons defeated the Big Red 83-61. (Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film)

Per the team’s own PR staff, Toronto has signed a deal with 6’2″ guard Matt Morgan. Terms of the deal have not been released, but the odds are that Morgan has signed a non-guaranteed contract; he is probably, at best, competing for one of the Raptors 905 two-way contracts, though it’s more likely he is signed to a standard G League contract after he is waived from the Raptors. Blake Murphy reports that Morgan is on an Exhibit-10 contract, which would pay him a 50k bonus if he is waived and plays for the Raptors 905 for 60 days or more. Following in the mold of Lorenzo Brown and Jordan Loyd, it seems the 905 have found their score-first guard in Morgan.

Morgan played all four years at Cornell. He was a score-first guard, improving his efficiency every year. In his final year of 2018-19, he averaged 22.2 points, 3.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals while shooting 62.2 percent from 2 and 43.1 percent from 3. He is athletic and a strong shooter, and he should have success scoring at the G League level.

Matt Morgan has some history with the Raptors. He worked out with the team prior to the draft, and he played for Toronto at Summer League. He averaged 4.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, and 13.8 minutes over four games at Summer League. Toronto gets a guy that it has liked, and he continues the pattern of Toronto seeming to prefer players who’ve spent multiple years in college.

Morgan will fill Sagaba Konate’s spot after the Raptors waived Konate yesterday. Expect plenty more movement in the coming days before October 20, when the Raptors need to trim their roster to 15. Morgan will join Toronto’s already-rostered candidates of Oshae Brissett, Devin Robinson, and even Isaiah Taylor who are competing for 905 two-way spots. The team could even look outside of its own roster, so Morgan’s signing doesn’t mean that anything is decided on that end. It does mean that Toronto gets a longer look at a guy the team has followed for a while, which is a win-win for Toronto and Morgan.


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