Toronto Raptors Signing 11-Year Veteran Wing

The Toronto Raptors continue to defy the prognosticators, by once again adding to their team down the stretch, rather than subtracting. According to NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors are signing 11-year veteran Will Barton.

The 6'6" Barton was a solid wing option for eight seasons with the Denver Nuggets, averaging 14 points and five rebounds, before coming over to the Washington Wizards this season and languishing out of the rotation. They bought him out last week to allow him to pursue another opportunity.

Barton shot 36% from three-point range for the Nuggets, and even in his reduced role with the Wizards this year, fired away at a 38% clip from distance. That will be a much-needed skill added to the Raptors bench.

Players must be waived before March 1st in order to be eligible for the playoffs for their new team. Barton was on an expiring $14M contract with the Wizards. 

In a corresponding move, Toronto has waived forward Juancho Hernangomez. He averaged 14.6 minutes per game this season, but shot a disappointing 25.4% from long distance.

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