Report: Mykhailiuk had interest from ‘several contenders’ before signing with Toronto

Report: Mykhailiuk had interest from ‘several contenders’ before signing with Toronto

Former Oklahoma City Thunder wing Svi Mykhailiuk has found a new team. The 24-year-old signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Saturday.

The second year of the deal is a player option, according to Charania.

That wasn’t the only Mykhiailuk-related news from the reporter. Charania also tweeted that “several contenders expressed interest” in Mykhailiuk before he signed with the Raptors.

Reports broke recently that the Lakers considered bringing him in on a minimum.

It was unclear which other contenders had real interest in bringing in the 6-foot-7 former Thunder wing.

Mykhailiuk played for Oklahoma City for the latter half of last season. Acquired along with a second-round draft pick in exchange for Hamidou Diallo, the Thunder wanted to see whether Mykhailiuk could get be a 3-and-D type player and potentially more.

The former Detroit Piston was inconsistent at best. Tabbed as a sharpshooter after hitting 40% of his 3s in 2019-20, Mykhailiuk shot 33.6% from beyond the arc for the Thunder on 4.8 attempts per game. He averaged 1.8 assists in 23 minutes and was not a particular positive on defense.

He did not do enough for the Thunder to want to bring him back. After initially extending a qualifying offer, Oklahoma City rescinded it, according to HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto.

Whether or not there were offers from contenders, Mykhailiuk joined the Raptors with a player option for the second season, per Charania. He will try to work his way into a rotation role and prove he belongs on an NBA roster.