Following up on yesterday’s news that Rapotrs 905 acquired the rights to Brady Heslip, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that Heslip will also be joining the Toronto Raptors for training camp.

Heslip will sign a partially guaranteed deal that, as you should be accustomed to hearing by now, will act as a supplement to the small salary he’d earned in the D-League. It’s the same thing the Raptors did with four players a year ago and have done again this summer – Jarrod Uthoff and Fred VanVleet received $50,000 partial guarantees, and Heslip and E.J. Singler have yet-to-be-disclosed guarantees. Those amounts move the needle little for the Raptors but help sweeten the pot in an attempt to keep talent within the organization should they fail to make the NBA team.

Make no mistake, Heslip has little chance of actually making the Raptors. While on paper he’s now competing with the three players mentioned above, Drew Crawford, and Yanick Moreira for the 15th and final roster spot, he would probably have the longest odds of making the squad, save for maybe Moreira. And as Raptors Republic reported yesterday, Heslip, like Singler, has agreed to play for the 905 if he doesn’t crack the Raptors.

Here’s how the Raptors roster looks ahead of camp:

PG: Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, (Delon Wright – injured), Fred VanVleet
SG: DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Drew Crawford, Brady Heslip
SF: DeMarre Carroll, Terrence Ross, Bruno Caboclo, E.J. Singler
PF: Jared Sullinger, Patrick Patterson, Pascal Siakam, Jarrod Uthoff (more of a 3/4, but we’ll slot him here)
C: Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira, Jakob Poeltl, Yanick Moreira

And here’s how the Raptors 905 rights sheet looks:

Player Last Season Years Remaining Notes
E.J. Singler Raptors 905 2 In camp with Raptors
Yanick Moreira Spain/France 0 Potential Affiliate Player
Jarrod Uthoff NCAA 0 Potential Affiliate Player
Fred VanVleet NCAA 0 Potential Affiliate Player
Drew Crawford Israel 1 Rights owned by Erie; in camp
John Jordan Raptors 905 2
Shannon Scott Raptors 905 2
Ashton Smith Raptors 905 2
Greg Smith Raptors 905/Minnesota 2
James Siakam Delaware 2 Acquired at end of season
Brady Heslip Italy 2 Acquired for Ronald Roberts
Mustafa Shakur Germany 1
Will Sheehey France 1
Michael Williams N/A 1
Axel Toupane Raptors 905/Denver 2 In camp with Nuggets
DeAndre Daniels Raptors 905 2 Raptors own NBA rights; Signed in Italy
Davion Berry Raptors 905 2 Signed in Greece
Michale Kyser Raptors 905 2 Signed in Lebanon
Scott Suggs Raptors 905 2 Signed in Spain
Sim Bhullar Raptors 905 2 Signed in Taiwan
C.J. Leslie Israel 1 Signed in Cyprus
Ramone Moore Lithuania 1 Signed in Australia
Mitchell Watt Germany/Israel 1 Signed in Italy

You can read more about Heslip and his potential impact with the 905 in yesterday’s news post.


  • robertparish00

    I like it. Mostly because Brady reminds me of Nash. Robin Roberts needs to tear up that contract and hide under his couch.

    • Dunkenstein

      how many NBA MVP trophies will he win? I like Brady but I don’t think he is on the right track. He can make more money in Europe than the D League. The only reason to stay in North America would be to win a spot on an NBA roster….. Sorry Heslip. Not this lifetime.

  • Fly Fresh

    Think ya might wanna update the ‘Latest Web Posts’ section of the site. The articles are over a month old, now. Isn’t there any updated articles/news that can be posted?

    • BlakeMurphy

      I think it’s due to Morning Coffee being on offseason hiatus but I’ll check. Not that there’d be much, but just in case.

      • Fly Fresh

        Truuuuue. In any event, you have a great weekend, bro.

    • Dunkenstein

      I’ve got a great idea. He should give each Raptor a WWE wrestler name. For example Terrence Ross as Doink the Clown. That should rock the wrestling world.

      Training camp opens soon. There will be far more interesting stories then.

  • distorsun

    SOOooo…
    Are we officially a football team now?