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Report: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson agrees to 1-year deal with Raptors

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has agreed to a one-year deal with the defending champion Toronto Raptors, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

The Brooklyn Nets didn’t make the 24-year-old a qualifying offer in order to free up cap space, and they ultimately wound up with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan.

Hollis-Jefferson spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with the Nets after going 23rd in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Arizona. He was originally selected by the Portland Trail Blazers, but his draft rights were traded to Brooklyn.

The 6-foot-7 forward had a career year in 2017-18, but he saw his minutes dip a bit this past season. Hollis-Jefferson averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 20.9 minutes per game. He appeared in only 59 games and started 21 of them. The lefty holds career averages of 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 23.6 minutes per game. He’s shooting 44.4% overall but only 22.3% on 3-pointers for his career.

Hollis-Jefferson is joining a Raptors team that just lost Kawhi Leonard to the Los Angeles Clippers and Danny Green to the Los Angeles Lakers. With Leonard and Green gone, Toronto is no longer a championship contender, but the squad should still be competitive. Hollis-Jefferson should get an opportunity to play now that minutes have opened up with these key departures, with Stanley Johnson another new arrival set to battle for minutes.