Raptors forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s deal is for $2.5 million, not minimum
When the Toronto Raptors decided to sign forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to a one-year deal, it was initially be reported that he will earn the minimum salary. Apparently, it’s not the case now as it’s being reported that he will earn $2.5 million next season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson's contract in Toronto is not a minimum. It's $2.5M and comes out of their non-taxpayer mid-level.
— Jeff Siegel (@jgsiegel) July 19, 2019
With RHJ getting more than the minimum, he will now take-up a small space in the Raptors cap. It is not going to be significant though.
Hollins-Jefferson was the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, He played four seasons with the Brooklyn Nets and although he’s logged in an average of 23.6 minutes per game during that span, his production has been underwhelming as he only managed to put up 9.9 points and 5.9 rebounds.
The Raptors are hoping that he could play a major role for the team next season, especially since they lost two of their key players in Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green. Toronto is still optimistic that they can contend for a playoff spot, but how deep they can go remains to be seen as literally a lot of things need to fall in place in order for them to be successfu,
RHJ will have the opportunity to rejuvenate his career with the Raptors, but this is likely going to be one of his few chances left. If he fails to impress in Toronto, there’s a significant chance that he will be waived or traded in the middle of the season or he could finish his one-year deal and not be re-signed.
This is more of a low-risk, high-reward deal for the Raptors as they begin the post-Kawhi era.