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Sources – Raptors to sign Scotty Barnes to max rookie extension

Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Scotty Barnes wants to sign a five-year max rookie extension that could be worth $270 million, sources told ESPN on Monday.

WME’s Bill Duffy, Barnes’ agent, met with Toronto executives Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster on Sunday, and sources said the two sides have signed a deal when the league’s lockout period ends July 6.

The deal — the richest in Raptors history — guarantees Barnes $225 million and could increase to the super-max if he earns an All-NBA team, All-Defensive team or MVP honors. The deal means Barnes is truly a franchise player and a young star the organization plans to build around his future.

Barnes, who turns 23 in August, made his first All-Star appearance last season and averaged 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks. According to ESPN Stats and Information Research, Barnes and two-time Milwaukee Bucks MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo were the only NBA players to average more than one touchdown per game in all five statistical categories.

Barnes became the first player since Chris Bosh in 2004-05 to record 1,000 points, 75 steals and 75 blocks in a season. He led Toronto in total points, rebounds, assists and blocks this season — despite missing the final 22 games with a broken hand.

After going 4th overall in the 2021 draft, Barnes is the 2022 NBA Rookie of the Year.

ESPN’s Tim Bontemps contributed to this report.

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