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Report: Raptors re-signing Greivis Vasquez to two-year, $13 million contract

Jul 9, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT

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After their deepest playoff run in 13 years, the Raptors entered the offseason with three members of their rotation – Kyle Lowry, Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez – heading into free agency.

Toronto could have created cap room by waiving John Salmons, but the Raptors traded him to Atlanta, allowing the Hawks to add cap space. At that point, Toronto’s plan was clear: Retain its own free agents.

When Lowry re-signed, the next two deals became all but inevitable.

Patterson followed, and now the Raptors ensure they’ll keep the band together.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

That’s a little pricey for a backup point guard, but Vasquez fits well in Toronto.

For one, he and Lowry excelled when sharing the backcourt. Vasquez also might be useful as a Lowry contingency. Before playing 79 games in his breakout 2013-14 season, Lowry missed 33 games the previous two years. It might be a little soon to count on him remaining healthy.

By giving him just a two-year deal, the Raptors reduce the risk of Vasquez becoming a detriment to their flexibility. They also keep him into 2016, when Kevin Durant – friends with Vasquez since they played together at Montrose Christian – becomes a free agent. Just sayin’.

  1. milimpilim - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Now that Greivis has signed, the rest of the dominoes will fall. Finally.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:36 AM


  2. campcouch - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    If you want to keep succeeding, you have to pay for it. 2 for 13 isn’t a bad deal if the guy contributes to your team.

  3. lakerade - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:05 AM

    Letting them gel, not a bad play in the shuffling East. A conference finals could be possible.

  4. Miami305 - Jul 10, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    It will be a warm day in Toronto before Durant signs with the Raptors! Jajajajajaja!

  5. watermelon1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Vasquez could start for quite a few teams. I’d say he’s more than a “backup PG.”

    Wish he went somewhere with a little more talent around him though.

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