The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday they have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent guard-forward Carlos Delfino. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

            In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its rights of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent it must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with any team, but is subject to a right of first refusal in favour of the NBA team for which the player last played.

            Delfino played last season in Russia with BC Khimky Moscow in the Russia-A Superleague. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 23.2 minutes in 26 games. He had a season-high 25 points against Krasnoyarsk. He also appeared in 10 Eurocup outings, averaging 13.0 points and 3.6 rebounds in 27 minutes. He scored in double figures in eight games with a high of 19 points against Benetton.  

            The Raptors acquired Delfino from the Detroit Pistons on June 15, 2007 in exchange for a second-round pick in 2009 and 2010. He appeared in all 82 games in his lone season with the Raptors (2007-08), averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds. He set career highs in points (738), rebounds (359), three-point field goals made (40) and attempted (123), free throws made (116) and attempted (156) and minutes (1928). He paced the reserves in scoring a team-best 31 times and scored in double figures a career-high 32 times, with five games of 20 or more points.

            A first-round pick by Detroit (25th overall) in 2003, Delfino has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 282 regular season NBA games. He also played four seasons in Italy, two with Reggio Calabria (2000-02) and two with Skipper Bologna (2002-04). He has won an Olympic gold medal (2004) and a bronze medal (2008) as a member of the Argentina National Team.

7 Responses to “Raptors Extend Qualifying Offer to Delfino”
  1. 1.

    i’ll be glad when he’s back in the red and white… truly a missed asset from last year… sure he could be slightly erratic with his scoring, but when he was on, he was on…

    - chefdiz
  2. 2.

    I see that Colangelo has put an emphasis on strengthening his 2nd unit this offseason. Getting Delfino back could really help Roko Ukic’s development in my opinion, and not just because they are both European. Having two guys who can get in the lane like that and adding Big Reggie to grab some offensive boards is really gonna help that second unit stay out of offensive slumps.

    Eric, just wondering if your on the Tyreke Evans bandwagon with the rest of us? I think he’d be a steal at #9 and I think his ceiling is higher than any other scoring guard in this draft. If we use that pick on a backup PG, I think we are moving in the wrong direction. How does your short list look right now?

    Mine is:

    #1 Tyreke Evans
    #2 DeJuan Blair (doesn’t fit that SG need but I believe he has a hint of elton brand in him and is a great pick at #9)
    #3 Demar Derozan

    - BC
  3. 3.

    Eric help me understand what the real appeal of Delfino (was) is. I remember him being a good guy and part of the Euro experiment with the broken legged G-man.

    It didn’t exactly work out.

    What identified needs does he address? Defense, toughness, rebounding?

    Refresh my memory; Good guy but anything to be excited about?

    - Gary
  4. 4.

    No qualifying offers for Raptors Graham & Mensau-Bonsu, means no interest, bye bye Joey & Pops ??.

    Delfino provides toughness, scoring, 3 pt shooting, rebounding, and defense from the wing spot. He also was inconsistent, which hopefully will improve with consistent minutes.

    - Johnn19
  5. 5.

    Eric, I agree with you:
    DeRozan
    Flynn
    Henderson
    Are the guys the Raptors really looking at their 9th pick! I like Henderson IF Marion decides to leave because he can DEFEND!!!!

    Who would you rather have on your time Rip Hamilton or Ben Gordon?
    (I THINK THE PISTONS ARE MAKING A BIG MISTAKE!!!!)

    - Raps Fan
  6. 6.

    BC, Delfino is from South America not Europe. Gary, he brings all those things you mentioned. And yes, if he is properly used, i.e. coming off the bench (6th or 7th man) we should be very excited because he brings depth to the bench and much more versatility to the team, much more then J-killa or Joey G. He’s not a saviour but he’s a nice piece. If Bryan can somehow obtain a starting three (through trade or free agency) who can create for himself off the dribble and take some pressure off of Chris, then this team should be capable of making the playoffs next year. P.S. I hope the rumours of Rasho coming back next year are true, he brings toughness and veteran savy that this team desperately still needs up front.

    - Mr. T
  7. 7.

    I want a Jam Posse T-shirt! Can we make some Jam Posse Canada t-shirts with donations to charity?

    OR, Can I buy one of Jonesey’s OLD t-shirts with donations to charity?

    - Jon
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