Raptors Sign Rondae Hollis-Jefferson To One-Year Deal

JULY 18: The Raptors have officially signed Hollis-Jefferson, the team announced today in a press release.

JULY 8: Hollis-Jefferson’s deal with the Raptors will be worth the minimum, tweets Blake Murphy of The Athletic.

JULY 7: Free agent forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will join the Raptors on a one-year deal, Shams Charania of The Athletic tweets.

Hollis-Jefferson, 24, spent the first four years of his NBA career in Brooklyn after being selected with the 23rd overall pick in 2015. While he’s a strong defender and can make some plays on offense, his shooting percentages bottomed out in 2018/19, as he made just 41.1% of his attempts from the floor and 18.4% from beyond the arc in 59 games.

Hollis-Jefferson never appeared to be in the Nets’ long-term plan, as the franchise previously withdrew his qualifying offer and renounced his rights, making him an unrestricted free agent. RHJ will have an opportunity to rebuild his stock and hit the market again next summer.

Since losing Kawhi Leonard (and Danny Green), Toronto has focused on adding younger wings with potential upside on low-cost deals. In addition to Hollis-Jefferson, the team agreed to sign former top-10 pick Stanley Johnson.

The Raptors also agreed to a three-year deal with Matt Thomas, which will use part of the team’s mid-level exception. Depending on the value of Hollis-Jefferson’s new contract, he could also be signed using some of Toronto’s MLE.

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25 thoughts on “Raptors Sign Rondae Hollis-Jefferson To One-Year Deal

    • jkoms57

      Ik right. Couldn’t even land anyone decent.

      Wonder if Spurs would be willing to ship DeRozens salary back over, and vice versa?

      Just depressing for the defending champs.

      Thought they’d at least get Green back.

      • C-Daddy

        Green going back was contingent on Leonard going back. Also, what do you mean they “couldn’t land anyone decent?” They have no cap space – they could only re-sign Green and Kawhi because they had their bird rights.

        • victorg

          basically Gasol opting in crushed their chances of signing anyone of value.
          all they can do now is try and trade for Beal.

  1. OCTraveler

    For a team that without Leonard May have to go young for a year, these are good signings.

    Hollis-Jefferson reminds me of Stacy Augmon when he was a year into the league and his U of A team-mate, Johnson is a low risk acquisition for a player who may finally put up decent numbers. The best thing about both players is that they are very sound defensively.

  2. goldenmisfit

    Toronto is going about this the right way. Rely on youth for a year then next season have a crap load of Space to not rebuild but re-load.

    • goldenmisfit

      I think he was some scumbag who everyone outside of Toronto knew he was going to go back to Los Angeles at the end of the season and the scum bag felt he needed to hold the clippers, Lakers and raptors hostage for about a week. When that guy signed with the clippers thinking he screwed over the raptors and Lakers but little did he realize the raptors were a playoff team before him probably or after him and the Lakers assembled probably the most balanced roster from top to bottom in the NBA.

      • JonnyLucas

        Someone is bitter. I think it’s become pretty clear though that he wasn’t trying to screw anyone over. He had a plan a and a plan b. Plan a was to manipulate this hugely complicated and impactful trade… and if he couldn’t, he was not going to sign with the clippers. Obviously.

      • Rocket32

        goldenmisfit At least he lead Toronto to a championship before leaving, instead of being all bitter about it you should be grateful. No Kawhi no championship. He didn’t hold anyone hostage. He has every right to take his time making a major career and life altering decision. All teams involved were free to move on from pursuing him if he was taking too long.

        Raptors acquired him knowing this could happen.

  3. formerlyz

    Which one between Johnson and RHJ backs up Anunoby at the 3, and which 1 backs up Siakm? Maybe 1 of those guys improves the jump shot and that solves that. They need depth, so I like it regardless. They do need help at the 2/3 spots, preferably shooting

  4. There’s nobody in the NBA that can replace Kawhi, and maybe only few guys that give you what Danny Green can do, but banking on running RHJ, Stanley Johnson, OG, and Norman Powell out there for those wing minutes seems like a reeeeaaaaally bad idea.

  5. stevep-4

    Next season, we will see how good a coach Nurse really is. Probably Kerr too.

  6. Stoop Down Low

    Classic Raptor and shrewd signing. Rondae is a wiry, tough lefty slasher, good defender. The heart and soul of the Nets from street tough PA upbringing, he’ll be a fan favorite if they work out some playing time for him.

  7. D$!LLKU$H-og

    2017/18 he averaged 14ppg, 6rpg and almost 2spg. Then he got hurt during training camp, lost his starting PF spot to Kurucs, lost more time at the 4 because of Graham, and just couldn’t get it going. Never could shoot 3’s but has a really good mid-range game. He’ll back up Siakam and Stanley will back up OG.

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