The Toronto Raptors are working overtime to get their roster back above the league minimum 11 players and eventually to the 14 guys they must have under contract within two weeks.
However, the first reported moves president Masai Ujiri has in the works post trade deadline are 10-day contracts for their own 905 wing Malcolm Miller and former Kings guard Ben McLemore, but those guys can’t be signed until Ujiri gets his roster back in compliance with league rules.
Sources: The Toronto Raptors plan to sign forward Malcolm Miller of G League affiliate 905 to a 10-day contract.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2019
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 9, 2019
This leaves the Raptors in a weird limbo where they are below the roster minimum, most buyout guys haven’t cleared waivers yet, and 10-days aren’t allowed until they add 2 more players.
— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) February 9, 2019
Since the Marc Gasol trade appears to have been finalized, the only way Ujiri can be in compliance with the league minimum 11 contracts is if the Greg Monroe trade is still in process. Fortunately the Nets really aren’t going to care if this trade takes another couple of days for all the requirements to be finalized.
However, Ujiri still needs 12 guys on his roster to be able to sign 10-day contracts, so there are some more hoops he’s going to be jumping thru to get these deals done. Basically, he has to sign two players for the rest of the season first.
Expect player news from north of the border to remain very busy over the next few days.