Toronto planning to sign Malcolm Miller to 10-day contract
The Toronto Raptors went all-in at the NBA trade deadline and added another All-Star level player to their starting lineup in Marc Gasol. In the swap, Toronto received Gasol while sending Jonas Valaciunas, C.J. Miles, Delon Wright, and a second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies in return.
The move was an obvious upgrade for the Eastern Conference powerhouse, but it did leave their roster a little depleted. The Raptors will likely scour the buyout market to add additional talent but have already made an attempt to find help from within. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Toronto will be setting up Malcolm Miller, who has spent time with the Raptors 905 in the G-league, a 10-day contract.
Miller, who has only played briefly before in the NBA, has plenty to offer Toronto in terms of athleticism. The 6-foot-7 forward has spent some time in the G-League this season, averaging 8.2 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.2 blocks in 22.8 minutes per game. He isn’t the best shooter, hitting 33.3 percent of his deep shots this season, but would hopefully provide an extra defensive edge.
In his short time in the NBA he played previously for the Toronto Raptors, making his debut in December of last season. Through 15 games with the team, he played 8.4 minutes a night and averaged 2.5 points and 1.0 rebound. He did find his shot a little better last season, though, hitting 38.1 percent of his 3’s.
As the Raps fill out the remaining spots on their roster, Miller will likely just be a stopgap fix for the team right now as they shop around for more veteran free agents. If he makes the most of his time on this contract, though, he could earn himself a little more time in the league this season.