Now-former Brooklyn Nets forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has reportedly signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Looks like Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will have a new home for the 2019-20 season.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the now-former Brooklyn Nets forward has signed a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. Hollis-Jefferson will now join a roster that just lost superstar Kawhi Leonard to NBA free agency.
Free agent forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has agreed to a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Hollis-Jefferson gets fresh opportunity in Raptors development system and sets himself up for 2020 free agency.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 7, 2019
The Nets previously drafted Hollis-Jefferson in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft out of the University of Arizona. He was a member of Brooklyn up until this new contract with the Raptors.
Before becoming a pro, Hollis-Jefferson was a McDonald’s All-American in 2013, was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team in 2014, along with being named to both the Pac-12 All-Defensive team and the All-Pac-12 first team in 2015.
Through the 2018-19 season, Hollis-Jefferson averaged 8.9 points, 5.3 assists, and 1.6 assists through 59 games. This all came on 41.1% shooting from the field.
Hollis-Jefferson will now go to a team that’s coming off a championship run but will have a tough road ahead of them when it comes to getting back to the NBA Finals. Since losing both Leonard and Danny Green, the Raptors now have the 15th best odds to win it all next season, per Action Network. Not the worst, of course, but not exactly great for a team trying to defend their title.
Hopefully, Hollis-Jefferson will improve from a mediocre season last year. He should add some firepower to the bench and could end up starting some games for Toronto next year.