It appears that the Toronto Raptors will address their need for a rebounding power forward with former Indiana Pacer Tyler Hansbrough.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted out the news that the two teams have come to terms on an agreement for next season:
Raptors have agreed to terms with free agent forward Tyler Hansbrough, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 10, 2013
Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports that the deal is for two years:
#raptors have agreed to 2-yr deal with FA forward Tyler Hansbrough: sources— Doug Smith: Raptors (@SmithRaps) July 10, 2013
Hansbrough enters his fifth year in the NBA after four years of being a consistent contributor off of the Pacers bench. The former three-time college All-American averaged 16.9 minutes, 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game with Indiana last season.
What grade would you give this signing for Toronto?
The Pacers were interested in retaining Hansbrough initially, offering him a qualifying offer that would have paid him $4.1 million, per Pro Basketball Talk. But the team elected to rescind that offer on July 2, making him an unrestricted free agent according to Marc Stein of ESPN.
Amir Johnson saw the lion's share of the minutes at power forward last season. The 26-year-old averaged 10.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game for the Raptors.
Johnson was the only player on the team to average more than seven rebounds per game as the Raptors were 28th in rebounds per game at 40.2.
However, the team traded forward/center Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks at the beginning of the offseason, thus creating a need for a power forward to come off the bench.
After playing that role well for playoff-contender Indiana, Hansbrough would appear to be a good fit to fill that void in Toronto.