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NBA | Luguentz Dort signs $ 87 million five-year contract with Oklahoma City Thunder

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Luguentz Dort and Chris Boucher are in the NBA forever. The two Quebecers both signed new – and lucrative – contracts with their respective teams, the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Toronto Raptors, on Thursday night when the free agent market opened.

Posted at 19:20
Updated at 21:35

Katherine Harvey Pinard

Katherine Harvey Pinard
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The bank went bankrupt in Oklahoma City. Luguentz Dort has reportedly accepted a five-year $ 87.5 million deal with the Thunder, his agent Thaddeus Foucher told ESPN. He will then pocket an average of 17.5 million a year through 2027, making him the highest paid athlete in Quebec, all sports combined.

This is quite a feat for the 23-year-old Montrealer who has never been drafted into the NBA …

Instead, Dort signed his first two-way contract with the Thunder within hours of the 2019 draft. Since then, he has gradually established himself as a pillar of the team. This year, he scored 17.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in 51 games up to a season-ending left shoulder injury in February.

The Montreal North native went under the knife in March but is expected to return by the start of the next campaign. Crossed by The print in the paddocks of the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit during the Canadian Grand Prix two weeks ago, the athlete claimed to have “grown up in the NBA right now”. “Every year I get better,” he added.

We bet it will progress even more in the coming seasons, when it will be one of the key elements in the rebuilding of the Thunder.

Chris Boucher stays with the Raptors

For his part, Chris Boucher would sign a new three-season, 35.25 million deal with the Raptors, which will bring him an average of 11.75 million a year. He therefore benefits from an annual salary increase of about 5 million compared to his last contract.


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Chris Boucher (25) has reportedly signed a three-year $ 35.25 million deal with the Raptors.

At 29, Boucher has just played his fourth season with the Toronto team. He has 9.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 80 games this season.

Also originally from Montreal North, Boucher started playing basketball late at the age of 18. Like Dort, he was never drafted. In 2017, after playing two seasons with the University of Oregon Ducks, the Golden State Warriors gave him a chance. He played a few games with their farming club in Santa Cruz and was part of the roster that won the NBA title in 2018.

The following year he finds himself in the Raptors organization, where things are going pretty well. He had his best season in the NBA in 2020-21, averaging 13.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game in 60 appearances.

Some good news

There is a lot of good news these days for Quebec basketball. Just a week ago, Bennedict Mathurin became the most enlisted Quebecer in NBA history. Indiana Pacers arrived 6And chosen in total by the editing session.

Last summer, Boucher and Dort both received the National Assembly medal in front of the Montreal-North district youth. ” I represent [le quartier] complete, Dort had pointed out. He is often heard badly about Montreal North, but there is a lot of talent. ”

A few days later, Boucher met The print within the walls of the École de technologie supérieure, during the back-to-school basketball court for boys and girls aged 8 to 16. She said he wanted to be a role model for the city’s young basketball players.

” I say [aux jeunes] to be fearless, do not be afraid, have a lot of faith in them. Come from Montreal, where we will doubt a lot, we will say that you can’t do it, but you need a lot of self-confidence and hard work. Me, I’ve had to work a lot harder than normal people who are in the NBA just because I’m from Montreal and there really aren’t any opportunities like that. ”

With Boucher, Dort, Khem Birch and now Mathurin, the road opens more and more to young Quebecers who aspire to one day play in the NBA.

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