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Report: Raptors reach one-year deal with D.J. Augustin

Jul 17, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

D.J. Augustin AP

Kyle Lowry is your starting point guard in Toronto, he and Rudy Gay are both going to want the ball in their hands.

But with Jose Calderon gone the Raptors backup at the point was Dwight Buycks, who has looked pretty good in Summer League but is not somebody you yet want to trust with that role full time, not yet anyway.

So the Raptors reached a deal with D.J. Augustin, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The deal is for one year at $1.2 million.

Augustin was the backup point for George Hill in Indiana last season, but he wasn’t all that impressive — he averaged 4.7 points a game, shot 35 percent overall (but a respectable 35 percent from three), and had a pretty “meh” PER of 11.

The Pacers upgraded at that spot by picking up C.J. Watson. So Augustin was available.

It’s not a thrilling pickup for the Raptors, but the price is fair.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    Meh. Dude is fast and can make plays, but he gets absolutely burned on defense.

    For a backup PG, you could do worse.

    • pglive21 - Jul 18, 2013 at 3:15 PM

      You could do worse but not much worse. The Pacers would have taken the backup from 20 other teams instead of Augustin in the playoffs if they had that option.

  2. sellahh - Jul 17, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    Now it’s clear. Raps in 4.

  3. sdb74 - Jul 17, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    He was flat awful for the Pacers this year.

  4. ruffridin - Jul 17, 2013 at 11:13 PM

    Tank for Wiggins!!!

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 18, 2013 at 1:38 AM

    Poor D.J. This dude’s once promising career has all but went to sht, fast.

    • djp141 - Jul 18, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      He turned down a contract extension in Charlotte a couple of years back. I bet he’s still kicking himself over that decision, from a financial standpoint.

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