Canadian Khem Birch Re-Signs with Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors re-signed Montreal native Khem Birch on Thursday for a reported three-year deal worth $18M. The 6'9" center was released by the Orlando Magic in late April and immediately picked up by the Raptors, where he put up the best numbers of his career - albeit a small sample size. In 19 games with the Raps (17 starts), Birch averaged 11.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg on 55.6 FG% on 9.0 FGA per game - all of which represented career-highs. 

Once the Raptors released Aaron Baynes on Wednesday, all signs pointed to them re-signing Birch. Baynes was disappointing in his only year with the Raptors, as he averaged 6.1 ppg and 5.2 rpg on only 44.1 FG%. 
According to Birch's agent, he and his client left money on the table in order to stay in Toronto. 

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