Why Chris Boucher signed with Toront0 over Celtics, Bucks

The Toronto Raptors weren’t among the more aggressive lenders in the early days of this year’s NBA free agency period. They have focused much of their attention on signing two players, including Chris Boucher.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski noted Thursday that Boucher had agreed to a three-year, $35.25 million deal to remain in Toronto. The team chose to use Boucher’s birding rights to complete the deal, and overall, the $35.25 million power forward is fully guaranteed.

Boucher had no shortage of suitors interested in signing him freelance. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto noted that teams like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets have all expressed interest in settling him on a free-agent deal.

In the end, there were several factors as to why Boucher chose to stay in Toronto instead. Among them, Scotto mentioned that Boucher felt Toronto had become his “home” and he had played a “constant role” on the team.

Scotto adds that Boucher also decided to re-sign with the Raptors because he sees he can “continue to have opportunities to grow and expand his game.”

Boucher has gradually become an avid role player for Raptors head coach Nick Nurse since he joined the team during the 2018 free agency period. Coming off a campaign in which he played 80 regular-season games, he was also averaging 9.4 points per game, below his mark from the previous campaign (13.6).

Overall, Boucher is expected to once again be the Raptors’ primary backup power forward for the upcoming season.

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