Raptors fire forward Mikhailiuk as NBA roamer
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Raptors fire forward Mikhailiuk as NBA roamer

The Toronto Raptors have decided to fire 25-year-old Ukrainian forward Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, according to a report by prominent NBA reporter Sham Charania of The Athletic.

The forward will become a free agent at fall training camp after being fired, pending contracts from other teams. If he does not join the team before the start of the 2022-2023 season, he will not be able to participate in the new season of the league and is likely to go overseas.

Mikhailiuk was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 47th overall pick in the second round in 2018. After a short season, he was transferred to the Detroit Pistons, and the team he played for the longest in his career was Pistons, he averaged a maximum of 9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game over three seasons.

In 2021, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder for a short season. He then signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors last offseason. Mikhailiuk averaged 4.6 points per 12.8 minutes in 56 regular-season games for the Raptors last season. , 1.6 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.1 blocks. He shot 38.9 percent overall and 30.6 percent from three-point range.

In June of this year, Mikhailiuk also exercised his final-year player option, choosing to continue playing for the Raptors in the 2022-2023 season. However, the Raptors decided to fire the Ukrainian forward in order to free up salary space. Now, Mikhailyuk is representing the Ukraine national team in the EuroBasket Championship (EuroBasket) and is likely to get a contract from EuroBasket before the offseason to continue his basketball career overseas.

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