Raptors Sign Former Nets' Backup Big; Ex-World Cup U-19 MVP

Toronto Raptors' No. 4 overall draft pick Scottie Barnes will have a familiar face in the gym when the team opens training camp next week. 2020 second-round pick Reggie Perry has signed a camp-invite contract, after spending his rookie year as a backup big with the Brooklyn Nets. 

Per TSN's Josh Lewenberg, on the 2019 U-19 World Cup Gold Medal winning USA team, Perry was teammates with not only Barnes, but also every one of the top five 2021 draft picks Cade Cunningham,  Jalen Green, Evan Mobley and Jalen Suggs. Also on the team was Sacramento Kings' impressive sophomore Tyrese Haliburton. And despite all that elite talent, the power forward Perry was the tournament MVP, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds per game.

On the Nets this past season, Perry averaged just 8 minutes per game, 3 points and 2.8 rebounds. But the 6-foot-8, 250 pounder flashed his hustle and talents in the G League, where he 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists across 15 games.

The Raptors signed Perry to a one-year non-guaranteed contract, and he'll likely report to the G Leauge '905' team at the end of training camp, where he'll be a part of the Raptors' lauded player development program. 

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