Toronto Raptors ink G League MVP to contract

The Toronto Raptors have added G League MVP Lorenzo Brown for the playoffs. Brown, who had been playing with Raptors 905 of the G League, was on a two-way contract.

The new deal will make him eligible for the playoffs.

Brown will likely see extended minutes during the Raptors’ regular season finale against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. He will also provide insurance during the playoffs, as guard Fred Van Vleet has been battling nicks and bruises lately.

On his previous deal, Brown appeared in 14 games with the Raptors, scoring 2.3 PPG. As the Raptors begin to rest players before the start of the season, Brown got an opportunity to play extended minutes Monday night in a win over the Detroit Pistons. He scored 11 points.

Brown averaged 18.8 PPG and 8.9 APG with the Raptors 905. His performance for head coach Jerry Stackhouse, playing in the Raptors’ system, made him a suitable solution for Dwane Casey’s bench. Should the Raptors need depth, he’s familiar with the offense and more than capable, as his MVP Award proves.

The eighth seed in the Eastern Conference has not been officially decided. Although the top eight teams have already clinched playoff positions, the order could change depending on Wednesday night’s results.

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