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News » Toronto Raptors Notes, Quotes 2009-08-21

Toronto Raptors Notes, Quotes 2009-08-21

Toronto Raptors Notes, Quotes 2009-08-21
--G Sonny Weems and F Amir Johnson were traded from the Bucks to the Raptors in exchange for G Roko Ukic and G Carlos Delfino.

--C Rasho Nesterovic is back.

The 7-footer, who played with Toronto from 2006-08, recently returned when the team signed him as a free agent. Nesterovic, who averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in his previous Raptors' stint, had been traded last summer to Indiana in a move that landed the Raptors since-departed Jermaine O'Neal.

Nesterovic signed for the NBA's bi-annual exception, and next season will make $1.99 million. He gives the Raptors a true center so they don't always have to play with Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani, who are really power forwards, in the pivot.

Nesterovic, a native of Slovakia, is known as a good locker-room presence. So he's not expected to complain if his minutes are erratic. Nesterovic averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in his only season with Indiana, and has 11-season NBA averages of 7.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. He won an NBA championship ring with San Antonio in 2005.

--Did Raptors star F Chris Bosh laugh at the notion of going to New York when he could become a free agent next summer?

A New York college student won a contest, and got a phone call from Bosh that was videotaped. Bosh can be seen laughing when the student, a big Knicks fan, suggested he should sign with New York next summer. But Bosh said on his Twitter page he wasn't laughing at the Knicks specifically.

"I always laugh it off when people ask me to come to their cities," Bosh wrote. "I wasn't laughing, because it was the Knicks."

Bosh can opt out of his contract and become a free agent next summer. He could wait until 2011 before becoming a free agent. Or he could sign a contract extension with the Raptors, something he has said he won't do this summer.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "I just want to be aggressive. Coaches talked to me about being aggressive getting to the basket." -- Raptors rookie swingman DeMar DeRozan, on what he learned in the NBA Summer League about his biggest adjustment to the NBA.

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Added: August 21, 2009


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