April 22nd, 2024

Olynyk says signing extension with hometown Raptors was a priority

By John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press on March 5, 2024.

Toronto Raptors centre Kelly Olynyk is pictured during NBA basketball action against the Brooklyn Nets in Toronto on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024. Olynyk says that signing a two-year extension with the Toronto Raptors was a priority. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

TORONTO – Canadian centre Kelly Olynyk says signing a two-year extension with the Toronto Raptors was a priority.

Olynyk, who was born in Toronto and moved to Kamloops, B.C., when he was an adolescent, was dealt to the Raptors ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline a month ago.

He could have tested free agency this summer but instead chose to get a deal done quickly.

The 32-year-old says he wants to retire with the Raptors.

Olynyk is also the captain of Canada’s men’s senior team that will compete at this summer’s Paris Olympics.

He says he wanted to have the deal with the Raptors squared away so he could focus on the Olympics when the NBA season is over.

Details of the extension were not announced, but ESPN reported it was a two-year deal worth US$26.25 million.

The six-foot-11, 240-pound Olynyk is averaging 8.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 20.4 minutes in 59 games (eight starts) this season with the Utah Jazz and Toronto.

He has averaged 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 22.5 minutes over his career with Boston, Miami, Houston, Detroit, Utah and Toronto.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2024.

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