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Zach Koons

Report: Raptors Signing ‘Hustle’ Star Juancho Hernangomez

Free agent forward Juancho Hernangómez is finalizing a one-year deal with the Raptors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski

Hernangómez played for three teams during the 2021–22 season: the Celtics, Spurs and Jazz. He took on his biggest role in Utah, averaging 6.2 points and 3.5 rebounds while shooting 43.8% from three in 17 games with the franchise.

Hernangómez, a first-round pick in the 2016 NBA draft, will return to the league as a fan favorite after starring in the Netflix movie Hustle alongside Adam Sandler as Bo Cruz, an aspiring basketball prospect from Spain. In the film Hernangómez’s character works alongside a scout, played by Sandler, to prepare for the NBA draft.

The 26-year-old veteran is now poised to join a talented young Raptors team that posted a 48–34 record last season, earning them the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. Toronto fell in the first round of the playoffs in six games to Philadelphia.

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