The Toronto Raptors have officially signed undrafted free agents Ronald Roberts, Axel Toupane and Michale Kyser to bring their training camp roster to 17 players. It is believed that all three players have been signed to modest non-guaranteed deals. An NBA team can have a maximum of 15 players on their roster once the season starts.
These players were on the Raptors 2015 NBA Summer League team and will be competing for the lone remaining roster spot in Toronto. However, it is still possible that President and General Manager Masai Ujiri could sign a veteran NBA player to a minimum guaranteed contract prior to camp dashing their hopes.
With the Raptors 905 NBA D-League team about to start their first season, it should be assumed the Raptors are hoping that some or all of their training camp invitees will play in Mississauga this fall.
RAPTORS SIGN MICHALE KYSER AND AXEL TOUPANE
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed forward Michale (Michael) Kyser and guard-forward Axel Toupane (Too-PON). Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Kyser, 6-foot-9, 205 pounds, recently participated on the Raptors’ entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 3.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 14.6 minutes in four games. He recorded 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in 28 minutes in his lone start July 17 versus Portland.
Kyser averaged 8.6 points, a team-high 6.6 rebounds and 28.4 minutes in 36 games (35 starts) in 2014-15 as a senior at Louisiana Tech. He blocked 102 shots, fifth most in the NCAA, and was named to the Conference USA All-Defensive team for the second straight year. He finished as school’s all-time leader in blocked shots with 363, the most by any player in college basketball over the past four years.
Toupane, 6-foot-7, 197 pounds, was also part of the Raptors’ 2015 Summer League squad and averaged 4.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 11.0 minutes in three contests. He played for Strasbourg (France) in the French ProA League last season and helped his team earn back-to-back regular-season championships (2014 and 2015). Toupane averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 18.4 minutes in 42 games last season.
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RAPTORS SIGN RONALD ROBERTS
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have signed forward Ronald Roberts to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Roberts, 6-foot-8, 225 pounds, recently participated with the Raptors’ entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he averaged 10.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 23.5 minutes in four games. Roberts posted a double-double (14 points, 12 rebounds) in the opener July 10 against Sacramento.
Roberts spent the 2014-15 season with the Delaware 87ers (NBA D-League), Santa Cruz Warriors (NBA D-League) and San Miguel Beermen (Philippines Basketball Association).
Roberts averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds over four seasons at St. Joseph’s and helped the Hawks claim the 2014 A-10 Tournament title.