The Raptors have now signed a full-time player filling their previously absent 15th roster spot, finally securing a full roster for the team ahead of the playoffs. Yes, we can all breathe a sigh of relief. The Toronto Raptors official re-signed Eric Moreland as a full-time player, a familiar presence on the court as Moreland had played with the team under a 10-day contract back in March.
Moreland played a total of three games with Toronto last month, during which he averaged 2.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in the 10 minutes that he played. There are currently no further details on Moreland's new contract, but he can hit the court tonight as he is eligible to play for the team until the end of the postseason.
Throughout his career, Moreland has proven to be a strong rebounder and an excellent defender, which makes him a dependable addition to the Raptors who no doubt could use him, even just as a reliable back up.
The move to acquire Moreland shouldn’t come as a total surprise to Raptors fans, as he did appear with the team during their training camp. Moreland, who originally hails from Houston, played all over the place before landing on the Raptors. He played just a single game with the Phoenix Suns before his contract was waived back in January.
According to a report by Raptors HQ, Moreland will most likely be used as a last resort for the team, and he’s not likely to find a middle ground on the team. Chances are you will only see him on the court if things are going poorly or if things are going exceptionally well.
Moreland is just 27-year-old - he holds a career average of 2.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. He has also appeared in 82 total games playing for Detroit, Sacramento Phoenix, and Toronto.
The Raptors will be playing their last regular season game against the Timberwolves tonight before heading into the playoffs. With such a stacked lineup, many fans have faith that the Raptors will at least make it to the conference finals this year.