Raptors sign newcomers Poeltl, Siakam to rookie contracts
Toronto Raptors' Jakob Poeltl speaks to the media at the BioSteel Centre, in Toronto, on Friday, June 24, 2016. (The Canadian Press/Eduardo Lima)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, July 9, 2016 1:27PM EDT
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors signed first-round draft picks Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam to rookie scale contracts on Saturday.
Toronto selected Poeltl ninth overall and Siakam 27th in last month's NBA draft.
Both players are under contract through the 2017-18 season, with two team option years to follow. Per team policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
Poeltl played two seasons at Utah and one season (2013-14) for the Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions in his native Austria. He was the 2016 Pac-12 Player of the Year, an Associated Press second-team All-America and the recipient of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation's top centre.
Poeltl averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds in 36 games this past season. He ranked first in the Pac-12 and seventh in the nation in field goal percentage (.646).
Siakam played two seasons at New Mexico State, averaging 20.3 points, 11.6 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 34 games in 2015-16. He led the nation with 27 double-doubles.
The native of Cameroon was the 2015 WAC Freshman of the Year, averaging 12.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 34 outings. He paced the conference in field goal percentage (.572) and blocked shots.