Jul 9, 2014, 11:26 PM EDT
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:
Greivis Vasquez will sign a two-year, $13 million deal to stay with Toronto, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.—
Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 10, 2014
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’.
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