Raptors' Scottie Barnes to sign maximum extension worth up to 270M US: reports

Scottie Barnes set career highs last season, averaging 19.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images/File - image credit)

The Toronto Raptors are prepared to make star Scottie Barnes the highest paid player in franchise history with a maximum five-year, $270-million US extension, according to reports.

ESPN was the first to report the expected contract extension. The Toronto Star is reporting that Barnes will sign the extension shorty after the league's signing moratorium is lifted July 6.

CBC Sports has not independently confirmed the reports.

Barnes, 22, is coming off his first all-star appearance after earning rookie of the year honours in 2021-22.

He averaged a career-high 19.9 points per game in 60 starts this past season, missing the final 22 games with a fractured hand. He also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 6.1 assists per game, also career highs.

The 6-foot-7 wing is averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 211 career games (210 starts) since being selected No. 4 overall in the 2021