NBA Free Agency: Tyler Hansbrough Signs with Toronto Raptors

Heel’s in the Pro’s: Tyler Hansbrough’s reign in NBA Free Agency did not last too long. ESPN’s Marc Stein first reported that Hansbrough and the Toronto Raptors were in serious negotiations, now he is reporting that both have agreed to terms on a contract.

May 30, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Indiana Pacers power forward Tyler Hansbrough (50) warms up before game five of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

It is reportedly a multi-year deal that will keep Hansbrough in Canada for at least the next two seasons. The agreement comes on the eve of the day where teams can sign and tender contracts with the players once the NBA lifts its ban on the “annual moratorium on player business.”

After the Indiana Pacers got David West to agree to a new $36 million contract, Hansbrough became an unrestricted free agent.

He was drafted in the 2009 NBA Draft in the first round by the Pacers just months after winning a national championship with the North Carolina Tar Heels. He has spent all of his career with the Pacers and this new deal with Toronto will be his first big transition since becoming a professional.

Before becoming an unrestricted free agent, he had reportedly been looking a team that would give him the chance as a starter. However it appears he will remain a vital player off of the bench for Toronto as many expect him to back up Amir Johnson at power forward.

 

Topics: NBA, North Carolina Tar Heels, Toronto Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough

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