On Monday, the Toronto Raptors announced that they signed Japanese ahead Yuta Watanabe to a regular NBA contract.
Though the phrases of the deal weren’t disclosed, per group coverage, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reviews that the contract will final by means of not less than the 2021-22 season.
Watanabe, 26-years-old, was beforehand signed to a two-way contract with the Raptors after his deal was transformed from an Exhibit 10 contract in December. After going undrafted out of George Washington in 2018, he spent the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies on a two-way contract.
A invaluable defensive participant that gives a prompt of Toronto’s bench, Watanabe has shot a career-high .400 % from 3-point vary this season. Averaging 3.3 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per recreation, the third-year professional additionally gives a robust presence on the glass for the Raptors.
The second Japanese-born participant within the NBA (together with Washington Wizards ahead Rui Hachimura), Watanabe the primary participant with an solely Japanese ancestry, as Hachimura’s father is Beninese.