Raptors have locked up their key free agent Chris Boucher
Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher (25) celebrates after draining a 3 pointer during first half NBA first round playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Toronto on Wednesday April 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:06PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, June 30, 2022 8:58PM EDT
TORONTO - The Toronto Raptors have locked up their top free agent, Canadian Chris Boucher.
The Raptors have agreed with the six-foot-nine Montreal centre on a three-year deal worth US$35.25 million, which was first reported by ESPN.
The move came just after NBA free agency opened at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Boucher averaged 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season, and 11.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in six playoff games against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Boucher originally signed with the Raptors before the 2018-19 season after playing one game with the Golden State Warriors the previous year. The Canadian spent most of his time with Raptors 905 that first year with Toronto and was named both the G League's MVP and top defensive player.
Three years later, he re-signed with the Raptors on a two-year deal worth US$13.5 million - the richest contract in NBA history by an undrafted Canadian player.
On Thursday night Boucher posted a personal Raptors highlight reel on his Instagram account with “Toronto is Home” and “Toronto, I'm Back!”
The Raptors are also bringing back veteran forward Thaddeus Young, agreeing with the 34-year-old on a two-year deal worth US$16 million.
Young averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 26 games for the Raptors.
He was acquired on trade deadline day in February as part of a package that included disgruntled Goran Dragic and the Raptors' first-round pick, in exchange for San Antonio's second-round pick and the since-waived Drew Eubanks.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 30, 2022.