The Raptors are going to pay Anunoby like he is that core guy.
Toronto and Anunoby have agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension of his rookie contract, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Toronto Raptors forward O.G. Anunoby has agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension, including a player-option for the 2024-2025 season, @KlutchSports Head of Basketball Omar Wilkes tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 21, 2020
This is a good deal for both sides. The Raptors get Anunoby at what is a below-market price, and it will be a steal if his game does break out this season. Anunoby gets paid now and has a player option on that final year, so he can get back on the market and get a larger payday he exceeds the contract. Toronto also only gives up about $5 million in cap space for next summer; it still will have north of $20 million to chase free agents.
Anunoby averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds a game last season, shooting 39% from deep, playing primarily the three for Toronto. With the Raptors’ loss of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka this season, the team is counting on a step forward from Anunoby to help make up what was lost. Playing next to Siakam and VanVleet, Toronto is counting on Anunoby improving his catch-and-shoot game to space the floor for the team.