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Report: Austin Daye reaches two-year deal with Raptors

Jul 30, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

Austin Daye, Cartier Martin AP

On the bright side, last season Austin Daye stopped his trend of getting worse and worse each season he was in the league. He wasn’t great — a PER of 12.9, below the league average — but he was knocking down threes at a 41.8 percent clip.

Which is why he gets a chance to see if he can take another step forward with the Raptors — he has reached a two-year, $2 million deal with the team, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Daye was drafted by Detroit out of Gonzaga and had been with the Pistons for three-and-a-half seasons until he was shipped to Memphis last year as part of the Rudy Gay trade.

The 6’11” Daye could have value for the Raptors as a backup stretch four if he keeps hitting his threes. His inconsistency and lack of defense could remind Toronto fans of another stretch four they just got rid of, one that was not all that popular north of the border, but maybe Daye’s game has matured and he can find a role with Toronto.

  1. d57fan - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    Bargnani averaged 20 ppg when he was healthy and was a better low post defender than Chris Bosh. He was also the #1 draft pick and was expected to be the #1 option on offense. You have to be one hell of a lazy hack to even evoke a memory of that catastrophe with a nothing signing of a nothing player like this.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Bargnani is a better one-on-one defender, but Bosh is a much better team-defender because of his long arms and quickness/ability to help.

      Bosh was exposed against Duncan, whereas Bargnani with his size and strength may have done a slightly better job against Duncan. But trust me, the style that Miami plays…they like to pressure guards and create turnovers, and Bosh fits that system way better than Bargnani ever would.

  2. tomshoe - Jul 30, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Meh. At this point, I’d rather have Daye than Bargs.

    • lucifershuttlesworth - Jul 31, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      It is a stretch that this guy can play at the 4 in the NBA that is the only thing stretch four about him. Could be worse though, Colangelo would have given Daye $18 mil over 3 years.

      • lucifershuttlesworth - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:47 AM

        sorry tomshoe that was meant to be a comment, not a reply. I agree with you that the Raps are probably better off without Bargnani although admittedly I am a fan of his game when he is healthy.

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