TAMPA, Fla. — The Toronto Raptors waived seldom-used centre Alex Len on Tuesday.
The Raptors signed the seven-foot, 250-pound Len on Nov. 25, but he appeared in just seven games for Toronto, averaging 2.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 10.8 minutes.
TSN's Josh Lewenberg notes that with Len out of the picture, Toronto's roster currently sits at 14 players.
"Will be interesting to see if they keep the 15th spot open for now, sign somebody else, or convert Yuta Watanabe's two-way contract to an NBA deal (which seems like an inevitable move)," said Lewenberg in a tweet.
Lewenberg also mentions former Raptor Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as a move that might make sense. The 26-year-old is currently a free agent after spending last season in Toronto.
Len signed with Toronto after playing 55 games last season with Atlanta and Sacramento. The Ukrainian-born player was selected No. 5 overall by Phoenix in the 2013 NBA draft.
The centre position has been a weak spot for Toronto since Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka departed during free agency.
Aron Baynes, who also joined the Raptors during free agency, has struggled at the position. Canadian Chris Boucher, however, has been excellent coming off the bench.
Boucher isaveraging career highs of 16.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5. He had 21 points and 10 rebounds in Monday's 116-93 victory over Dallas.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 19, 2021.