The Toronto Raptors have announced that they will waive Jamaal Magloire, giving the final roster spot to swingman Dominic McGuire.
This move isn’t at all surprising, as McGuire has much more upside and potential. Magloire didn’t play a single minute in the preseason, and it is unlikely that he would have contributed this season. It is possible that Magloire retires and re-joins the Raptors staff in order to mentor Jonas Valanciunas.
McGuire should receive little to no minutes as well, however he fills a hole at small forward, while Magloire was filling an already crowded frontcourt.
Magloire, the first and only Canadian born Raptor averaged 1.2 points and 3.3 rebounds but was thought more as a locker room glue player. It is unlikely at this point in his career that he finds another contract, and it is likely the end of his long career. The 34 year old averaged 7.2 points and 6.5 rebounds throughout his whole career, along with 1 all-star appearance.
Some people may hold a heavy heart for Magloire, due to the fact that he never played for team Canada and only started to show his pride for his country last year when he signed with the Raptors. It’s a shame that one of the better Canadian players in the league didn’t want to represent his country, but with up and coming Canadian stars such as Andrew Wiggins ready to represent, the future of Canadian basketball looks strong.
The Raptors finished the preseason 6-1, tied for the best record overall, and begin their season Wednesday.
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