The Toronto Raptors plan to sign forward Juwan Morgan to a 10-day contract using the league’s hardship exemption, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.
Hardship exemptions allow teams in need of replacements to exceed the usual 15-man roster limit to temporarily add players on 10-day deals.
Morgan went undrafted after his senior 2018-19 campaign at IU but signed an Exhibit 10 contract, then a two-way contract and finally an NBA contract all with the Utah Jazz.
In two seasons with Utah Morgan averaged 1.4 points and 1.1 rebounds over 5.6 minutes of action per game. He shot 51.8 percent from the field overall including 33 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
This season Morgan has averaged 12.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game on 56 percent shooting overall including 39 percent from beyond the arc in 13 games (31.6 minutes per game) for the Maine Celtics in the NBA G-League. Morgan had teamed up with another former teammate, Romeo Langford, at the Boston Celtics 2021 training camp.
In Toronto, Morgan will reunite with former IU basketball teammate OG Anunoby, who has been with the Raptors organization since 2017. The pair played together at IU for two seasons, including as freshmen on the 2016 Big Ten championship team.
Morgan and Anunoby were both members of IU’s recruiting class of 2015, and they both arrived in Bloomington from Missouri.
A Waynesville, Mo. product, Morgan finished his four-season IU career 24th all-time in scoring (1,374), 8th in blocked shots (138), tied for 4th in field goal percentage (56.2), and 10th in rebounds (757).
Anunoby just returned from a hip injury and is averaging a career-high 19.3 points per game in his fifth season in Toronto. He has improved his scoring average each season in the league.
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