C Alex Len Agrees to Deal with Toronto Raptors

Alex Len with Atlanta. Image by Alexander Jonesi/Wikipedia

It did not take long for the Toronto Raptors to find a replacement for departed center Marc Gasol, as the team inked center Alex Len to a one-year deal.

The contract, valued at $2.3 million according to ESPN sources, brings the former fifth overall draft pick to a team that needed depth in the paint after losing Gasol and Serge Ibaka.

Their new Ukrainian big man has already spent seven years in the league with the Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks, and most recently, the Sacramento Kings.

Len, who moved from Atlanta to Sacramento in a mid-season trade last season, only averaged 8.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in 2019-20, a small step back from his 2018-19 season which saw him break the double-digit scoring mark for the first time in his career.

The veteran center, who is still only 27 years old, is expected to be Toronto’s first big man off the bench and will provide interior scoring, rebounding, and tough defense at a very low price.

Len will be tasked with playing for the first contender of his career, a move that could spark him to tap into some of his untapped potential.

The team is expected to officially announce the signing in the coming days.