Raptors making last-ditch move in attempt to save season
With the NBA regular season coming to a close soon, each team is making their final push to make it to the playoffs. Thanks to the new play-in games the NBA has added this year, seeds 7-10 in both conferences will compete for the last two available playoff spots.After winning the championship in 2019, the Toronto Raptors have nearly fallen off the face of the earth.
However, they’re currently ranked 11th in the Eastern Conference and have made a last-ditch effort to make the postseason, per ESPN.
“Center Khem Birch is finalizing a contract buyout with the Orlando Magic and plans to sign with the Toronto Raptors upon clearing waivers, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.”
Khem Birch is one of the more underrated rotational players in the league. He’s played valuable minutes during his four years with Orlando and could provide some much-needed depth to the Raptors lineup. This year, Birch is averaging 5.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists.
The Raptors are only two games behind the Chicago Bulls for 10th place. If Toronto can finagle their way into seed 7-10, they’ll give themselves a shot at playing in the postseason. With 21 games left on their schedule, Birch could give this team the boost they need to force their way into a play-in-game scenario.
The deal isn’t finalized as of yet, but with ESPN reporting on this story now, it becomes a likely outcome. Catch Toronto’s next game against the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. This game has playoff intentions and should be a good one.