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Raptors Notes: Ulrich Chomche Officially Signed, Gary Trents’ Future

The Toronto Raptors have officially signed Ulrich Chomche, the 57th overall pick, to a two-year, two-way contract. This deal, reported by Blake Murphy of Sportsnet, sets Chomche on a path to restricted free agency in 2026.

At just 18 years old, Chomche was the youngest player in this year’s draft and will turn 19 on December 30. Recognizing his youth, both Chomche’s camp and the Raptors have opted for a long-term approach to his development, according to Murphy.

Chomche hails from Cameroon and has a unique background, having played for the NBA Academy Africa before participating in the Basketball Africa League in 2022 and 2023. Standing 6’11”, he made history as the first player from the BAL to be drafted into the NBA.

To secure Chomche, the Raptors sent $1 million in cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the 57th pick in last month’s draft. This transaction eventually expanded to involve four teams.

With Chomche’s signing, the Raptors have filled all three of their two-way contract slots, joining D.J. Carton and Branden Carlson. The team also has 15 players on standard guaranteed contracts.

It’s uncertain if the Raptors will make any further roster changes in the near future or if this is the core group they will bring to training camp, supplemented by camp invitees to round out the 21-man squad.

More on Raptors:

  • According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca, the chances of the Raptors re-signing free agent Gary Trent Jr. are slim. The team’s offseason moves, like trading with the Kings and exercising Bruce Brown’s team option, have limited their cap space. Additionally, drafting Ja’Kobe Walter in the first round has filled their 15-man roster, leaving little financial flexibility. When negotiations with Trent began last month, the Raptors were willing to offer him around $15 million annually. However, Trent’s representatives were seeking a raise from his previous $18.5 million salary to possibly $25 million. The Raptors couldn’t meet that price, and no other teams seem willing to either. An insider mentioned that Trent might only get about $12.9 million now, which is the full mid-level exception. As it stands, the Raptors no longer have an offer for the 25-year-old.

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