UPDATE: An agreement is reportedly in place:
Raptors have agreed to terms with free agent forward Tyler Hansbrough, source tells Y! Sports.
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 10, 2013
Read below for my thoughts on the original report of “serious talks” between the Raptors and Hansbrough…
After all of the “fake tough guy” stuff I ranted about this past season in regards to Tyler Hansbrough after his cheap shot on Jonas Valanciunas in Indiana, I kind of had a feeling something like this would happen once the Pacers rescinded their qualifying offer…
Hearing: Newly minted unrestricted free agent Tyler Hansbrough is in serious talks w/Toronto and moving closing to deal terms w/Raptors
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 9, 2013
Dwane Casey has talked a lot about adding toughness since the 2012-13 season came to an end, and I suppose this is a way of addressing that, but I maintain until proven otherwise that Hansbrough falls more under the “fake tough guy” moniker.
Sure, he’ll ruffle some feathers and throw his body around in the post, but when things escalate to the point of an actual skirmish or even just a stare-down, Psycho T can usually be seen backing away. If the Raptors are looking for legitimate grit inside, then hopefully Hansbrough sheds that reputation in Toronto.
As for his numbers, nobody’s going to look at Tyler for much of a statistical contribution. The 27-year-old has averaged 8.9 points on 42.7 per cent shooting to go along with 4.7 rebounds in his four-year career.
With Valanciunas and Amir Johnson figuring to be the key big men in Casey’s rotation, I don’t really see what Hansbrough can bring off the bench that the combination of Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy don’t already provide, but nevertheless, stay tuned…