Report: Raptors signing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

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The Raptors, as they build out their team after losing Kawhi Leonard, have a type.

Forwards. Defensive capabilities. Underdeveloped offensively. Former Arizona Wildcats.

First, it was Stanley Johnson.

Now, it’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

The Nets didn’t extend a qualifying offer to Hollis-Jefferson in order to maximize cap space for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. That obviously paid off for Brooklyn.

Hollis-Jefferson is still an alright player, maybe even worth the $3,594,369 his qualifying offer would have paid. The Raptors have the mid-level exception available, though based on the wording of this report, I wouldn’t be surprised if Hollis-Jefferson got the minimum.

The 6-foot-7 24-year-old has carved out a role as an undersized power forward. He’s a versatile defender, more effective so far than Johnson. Hollis-Jefferson’s lack of shooting and ball-handling abilities limit him offensively, but those are less of liabilities at a big-man spot.