Saturday December 10 2011 – 11:54pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
Training camp – and more importantly, FREE AGENCY – opened in a flurry on Friday evening as teams officially began their 2011-12 season and rosters started getting drastically altered around the NBA.
There was no exception for the Raptors as President and General Manager, Bryan Colangelo, began to surround his young core with some veteran pieces.
The first move was signing Toronto-native, Jamaal Magloire.
Reports indicated that the Raps were close to trading for swingman Mickael Pietrus as well but that deal fell through on Friday evening and the likable Frenchman will stay with the Suns for now.
Colangelo went after another wing as well, inking Rasual Butler to a 1-year contract. Butler was at camp (as was Magloire) on Saturday. He spent a great deal of the summer working out with DeMar DeRozan and he said he is close with new teammates James Johnson and Jerryd Bayless as well.
Three others signings are awaiting confirmation for Toronto:
- Center Aaron Gray
- 36 year old guard Anthony Carter (first reported by Doug Smith of the Toronto Star)
- Forward Gary Forbes
Forbes is a restricted free agent. He has been signed to an offer sheet by the Raptors. The Denver Nuggets now have 3 days to match that contract or simply decline it and allow Forbes to head to Toronto.
If everything goes as expected, here’s what your 2011-12 Toronto Raptors will look like:
Guards – Leandro Barbosa, Jerryd Bayless, Jose Calderon, Anthony Carter, DeMar DeRozan
Forwards / Centers - Solomon Alabi, Andrea Bargnani, Rasual Butlers, Ed Davis, Gary Forbes, Aaron Gray, Amir Johnson, James Johnson, Linas Kleiza *, Jamaal Magloire
Kleiza (micr0-fracture surgery) is with the team and taking part in portions of training camp. In fact, head coach Dwane Casey said Kleiza is ahead of schedule with his rehab (originally projected to be some time in late January / early February) but he would not give a specific return date or updated timetable.