Raptors, OG Anunoby agree to four-year, $72M extensionDecember 22, 2020
The contract will begin in the 2021-22 season as Anunoby still has one year remaining on his rookie deal. The deadline for Anunoby to sign his extension was Monday at 6 p.m. ET, or else he would have become a restricted free agent next off-season.
The Raptors selected Anunoby 23rd overall in 2017 and he hit the ground running the following season, starting in 62 of 74 games as a 20-year-old rookie. A versatile six-foot-seven forward, Anunoby has played every position but point guard in his three-year Raptors career, adding shooting guard to his resume this past season.
The 23-year-old averaged new career highs with 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season and improved his shooting volume and success rate.
He cemented himself in Raptors lore this summer when he hit a last-second buzzer-beating game-winning shot against the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
This contract now locks in the final piece of the next generation of Raptors stars long term after forward Pascal Siakam signed a four-year, $130 million extension last summer and guard Fred VanVleet signed a four-year, $85 million contract in free agency last month. With veteran centres Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol now plying their trades in Los Angeles, and 34-year-old Kyle Lowry entering the final year of his contract, the Raptors are poised to transition into the next generation seamlessly.