Kyle Wiltjer is still looking for his way into the NBA, and that next stop has taken him to Canada, where he signed a one-year, $1.3 million dollar non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors.
After struggling to crack into the rotation with the Houston Rockets last year, Wiltjer was one of many shipped off to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the trade for Chris Paul. He was later cut by the Clippers.
Wiltjer’s only averaged 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds per game in the NBA, but he has also seen just 44 minutes of play. During his time with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the D-League, he showed his offensive abilities, averaging 20.5 points while shooting 37.7 percent from long range.
Wiltjer displayed his shooting prowess during his two years at Gonzaga, and he was a career 42.5 percent three point shooter in college. The Raptors are locked and loaded at the center position, but there is room to find play at the four spot. After Serge Ibaka, the Raptors trotted out Pascal Siakam, who plays the four in the older style. Wiltjer, with his ability to stretch the floor, might be able to find room on the Raptors depth chart if he can demonstrate a consistent ability to knock down the long range shot.
The Raptors also signed Alfonzo McKinnie and Kennedy Meeks to non-guaranteed spots this summer. So as of now, Wiltjer is one of three players trying to crack into two roster spots.