The Toronto Raptors continue to complete their pre-camp roster and report that they have today added free agent Svi Mykhailiuk, former Oklahoma City Thunder, for a two-year contract.
Athletic’s Shams Charania followed up on his initial report by confirming that the second year of the deal is an option for the players. This would seem to indicate that the Raptors expect Mykhailiuk to be part of the squad coming out of training camp, and maybe even doing the rotation.
Mykhailiuk has three years of experience under his belt, split between the Los Angeles Lakers, the Detroit Pistons and the Thunder. Last season, he appeared in 66 games between the Pistons and the Thunder, averaging 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists on 41/33/76 separate shots.
A native of Ukraine, Mykhailiuk was drafted in the second round in 2017 by the Lakers.
With the Raptors, if Mykhailiuk can increase his shot (he’s a career 36% deep shooter), he just might find a role on a team that lacks high volume shooting and punch creation. He will fight at camp with Yuta Watanabe, Ish Wainwright, Sam Dekker and Isaac Bonga for one of the deep rotation spots, but given that Pascal Siakam will miss the start of the season, there is plenty of room for someone to do so. one step and have an impact.
Defensively, however, it’s hard to see Mykhailiuk find favor with head coach Nick Nurse, who has high expectations of his players there. While Mykhailiuk has a decent height and good set of shoulders, he doesn’t have the length the Raptors seem to enjoy.
So, again, this is another project for the much-vaunted player development staff of the Raptors. We’ll see if they can help Mykhailiuk take his game to the next level.