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Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri announced Tuesday the club and head coach Dwane Casey have agreed in principle on a new three-year contract through the 2016-17 season. Casey guided the Raptors to a team-record 48 victories and an Atlantic Division championship in 2013-14.

“From day one last summer Dwane has done an excellent job both on-and-off the court,” said Ujiri. “There’s been growth from each player on the roster and the team’s identity of toughness and a desire to always compete has clearly been established.

“We’re very excited to continue to grow and develop this team with Dwane as our head coach.”

Casey incorporated four new players into the roster following an early December trade and from that point forward led the Raptors to the best mark in the Eastern Conference at 41-22. He directed the club to eight victories in the final 11 games in December and was rewarded with NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month honours. His 2013-14 squad finished in the Top 10 in the NBA in defensive field goal percentage (.450) and points allowed (98.0), and also posted a franchise-best 22 road wins.

“I thank Tim (Leiweke) and Masai for providing me and my staff the platform this season to coach and now to continue the process of developing this young team,” said Casey. “We have taken some big steps toward our goal of installing a culture and a defensive mindset.

“At the same time we realize the challenge ahead in order to complete our quest to build a championship program for the best fans in the NBA!”

In his third season at the helm of the Raptors, Casey continued to oversee the development of a young nucleus. Toronto was the only team this past season with two second-year starters to reach the postseason. Point guard Kyle Lowry established career highs in scoring (17.9) and assists (7.4), guard DeMar DeRozan earned his first All-Star selection, sophomore forward Terrence Ross moved into a starting role in December and increased his scoring average by 5.7 points and second-year centre Jonas Valanciunas led the team in double-doubles (25).

Casey was named head coach of the Raptors on June 21, 2011, just nine days after he helped lead the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. He earned his 100th career victory as head coach of the Raptors on April 2 with a 107-103 win versus Houston.

Casey has served as a head coach, associate head coach and assistant coach during his 19 seasons in the NBA.

Sunday in Toronto, the Nets edged the Raptors 104-103 to win Game 7 of their first round NBA playoff series. Joe Johnson shot just 11-of-25, but his 26 points were a big part of the win for Brooklyn. Here are some video highlights of Johnson’s efforts:

paul pierce

Paul Pierce blocked Kyle Lowry’s shot from the lane on the final play of the game, and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Toronto Raptors 104-103 in Game 7 on Sunday to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Nets will begin the conference semifinals at Miami on Tuesday night to play the two-time defending NBA champion Heat.

Leading by one point, Brooklyn used its final timeout after failing to inbound the ball. On the second opportunity, Shaun Livingston tried a lob pass to Pierce, but Terrence Ross got a hand on the ball and then knocked it off Pierce and out of bounds for a turnover.

Toronto used a timeout and gave the ball to Lowry, whose driving shot was blocked by Pierce as time expired. Lowry lay prone in the key as the Nets surged onto the court in celebration.

Joe Johnson scored 13 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Nets.

– Associated Press

Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting on the Miami Heat, who swept the Charlotte Bobcats 4-0 in the first round of the 2014 NBA playoffs and await the winner of the Nets-Raptors series:

With the Miami Heat given Saturday off by coach Erik Spoelstra, there was no need to answer the question that never results in an honest answer, or any answer, anyway:

Who would you rather face in the next round?

The question will answer itself in Sunday’s Game 7 between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre, the winner to arrive at AmericanAirlines Arena for Tuesday’s Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

But let’s be real, there is a reason the Heat executive suite has been stocked with Canadian Club for the weekend, a reason Canadian bacon and Tim Hortons will be featured at the player brunch Sunday, a reason Spoelstra will flip a loonie to decide which team defends which basket during Sunday practice.

The Heat not only swept the four-game season series from the Raptors, but have won the past 15 meetings, never losing to Toronto during the Big Three era.

By contrast, the Heat went 0-4 against the Nets this season, losing both preseason games to Brooklyn, as well.

You do the math.

Here’s the New York Daily News reporting on the Nets, who are now in trouble against the Toronto Raptors and must win Game 6 in Brooklyn tomorrow or they’ll be eliminated from the first round of the NBA playoffs:

The Nets traded their future for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce to rise in these moments. They held press conferences and dedicated thousands of words to reiterate that these guys bring leadership, they bring the moxie that’s required during crunch time of pivotal playoff games.

The price for that luxury? Three first-round draft choices. As the team slogan indicates, the Nets were going “All In” on two aging future Hall of Famers.

But for an entire fourth quarter in the biggest game of the season Wednesday night, with the Nets staging a miraculous comeback behind Joe Johnson, Deron Williams and Mirza Teletovic, Pierce and Garnett were just cheerleaders, bystanders.

When the Nets needed a big stop in the final minute, Jason Kidd never summoned Garnett. When they needed a big shot, Pierce never took off his warmup shirt. The result was a 115-113 loss in Game 5 for the Nets, in a roller-coaster of a game that ended when Andray Blatche threw a pass way off target for a turnover with one second remaining.

The Nets, the most expensive team in NBA history, plunged to the brink of elimination with that pass and with most of their playoff experience on the bench, falling into a 3-2 deficit in the first-round series heading into Friday’s Game 6 in Brooklyn.

On Wednesday, the Brooklyn Nets visited the Toronto Raptors for Game 5 of their first round playoff series. Although the Nets went wild in the fourth quarter, scoring 44 points, it wasn’t enough, and Toronto won 115-113 to take a 3-2 series lead.

Raptors fans have been loud, wild and engaged during the series, and even gathering in massive crowds outside Toronto’s arena to enjoy the action. While Nets fans back in Brooklyn tend to be on the… quieter side. The Nets are still new in Brooklyn, and while attendance is great, and tons of fans are terrific, some others are on the casual side of things. It’s a great situation — all that’s missing is a bit more loudness from some in the crowd.

Anyway, during last night’s game, Nets team website reporter Lenn Robbins was running the official Nets Twitter account as a guest of sorts, and one of his tweets called out Nets fans. Check it out:

Bold move, calling out the fans. But if it works, that’s all that matters.

Tuesday in Toronto, the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 to tie their first round playoff series at one win apiece. In the win, DeMar DeRozan shot 9-of-21, with 12-of-14 free throws, finishing with 30 points. He did commit six turnovers; still, the all-star stepped up and helped his squad squeeze out a much-needed victory. Here are some DeRozan video highlights:

Raptors GM sounds off against Brooklyn

Here’s the Toronto Sun with a fun update on the general manage of the Raptors:

The Raptors-Brooklyn Nets series was never going to be a quiet one.

Between the Maple Leafs missing the playoffs eight of nine seasons and the Raptors done by late April for five straight seasons, Toronto fans have been impatiently waiting years for another taste of post-season action.

The Air Canada Centre was bananas from the start Saturday, getting on the visiting Brooklyn Nets, the referees and even Nets coach Jason Kidd. And if that wasn’t enough, scores of people gathered outside at Maple Leaf Square were even more amped up after team president/general manager Masai Ujiri, throwing political correctness out the window, ended an address to the gathered fans in emphatic fashion.

“F— Brookyn,” yelled Ujiri, handing off the mic as he left the stage with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president and CEO Tim Leiweke, who dropped his head, perhaps thinking, ‘It’s on now.’

Here are video highlights of Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who is averaging 17.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.62 steals per game this season:

Patrick Patterson injury update: Back fairly soon for Raptors

The Toronto Raptors announced forward Patrick Patterson had his right ulnar collateral sprain reassessed and a second scan was taken of the elbow.

The injury is healing as anticipated. Patterson will return to limited basketball activity over the next seven days with the use of a supporting brace and then a decision will be made with regards to his return to play thereafter.

Raptors foward Patrick Patterson out with elbow injury

The Toronto Raptors announced today forward Patrick Patterson will be sidelined with a right ulnar collateral sprain. Patterson aggravated his elbow during Friday’s game versus Sacramento. He will be reevaluated in seven-to-10 days.

Patterson has averaged 9.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 23.4 minutes since being acquired by the Raptors from Sacramento on December 9.

The Raptors face the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight at Target Center at 7 p.m. ET (Sportsnet ONE/Sportsnet 590 The FAN).

Raptors recall Dwight Buycks from D-League

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday rookie guard Dwight Buycks (BIKES) has been recalled from the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.

Buycks was reassigned to the Jam on March 5. He appeared in three games, totaling 61 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 98 minutes. Buycks scored a game-high 28 points on 12-for-19 shooting from the field March 5 against the Texas Legends.

This was Buycks’ second stint in the NBA D-League this season. He is averaging 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 28.8 minutes in eight games (two starts) with the Jam. He has scored in double figures six times.

Buycks has appeared in 13 games for the Raptors this season recording 41 points, 10 assists, 20 rebounds and six steals in 124 minutes. He posted a season-best 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals December 10 versus San Antonio.

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have reassigned guard Dwight Buycks to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. Buycks will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list.

Buycks is expected to be in uniform tonight when Bakersfield faces the Texas Legends in Frisco, Texas (8 p.m. ET).

This is Buycks’ second stint with the Jam this season. He appeared in five games from January 4-11, averaging 12.4 points, 4.0 assists and 26.4 minutes. He scored in double figures three times, including 19 points January 4 against the L.A. D-Fenders.

Buycks has appeared in 13 games for the Raptors this season recording 41 points, 10 assists, 20 rebounds and six steals in 124 minutes. He posted a season-best 10 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals December 10 versus San Antonio.

This will be Buycks’ third assignment in the NBA D-League. He is averaging 14.7 points, 2.8 assists and 26.7 minutes in 33 career games (two starts). Buycks appeared in 28 games with Tulsa during the 2011-12 season.

Buycks, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, signed as a free-agent July 16, 2013 after participating on the Raptors’ Las Vegas Summer League squad. He played overseas during the 2012-13 season for BCM Gravelines in France.

The Toronto Raptors are having a fine season, but like every squad in the league, deals are possible. Here’s the Toronto Sun reporting:

Masai Ujiri has always said he would let the players dictate which way he went with things and he’s not backing off that now.

That does not mean he definitely won’t be busy between now and Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, just that he’s not going to be out there seeking moves as hard as he would have been had the Raptors not got on a bit of a roll and shown their President and GM something over these last couple of months.

“I’ll be right here (waving his cellphone) waiting and we’ll see what happens,” he said of his plans between now and the trade deadline. “I never know what to expect. Sometimes it’s quiet until the last minute. Sometimes it’s busy. As far as our team, I think the team has played well. They have done well with the platform so keep trying to grow.

“These guys are taking the opportunity and I said we would give them the platform, and if they continue to grow we’ll see how we do but we haven’t done anything yet,” Ujiri cautioned. “I don’t want to call out the conference, I can’t do that, but it’s the measuring stick and I think we have to keep that in mind.”

The Toronto Raptors lost yesterday, but there was still a fun story on their side of things: A ridiculous 51-point game from Terrence Ross. Here’s the Toronto Sun reporting:

Terrence Ross puts up 51-point game

Dwane Casey was probably the only person in the building who didn’t enjoy Saturday’s Raptors-Clippers tilt.

Terrence Ross certainly enjoyed it.

In as entertaining a contest as the Air Canada Centre has seen in years, the teams played high-octane, all-out offensive basketball, but the undermanned Raptors came up short 126-118 despite a franchise-record-tying 51 points by Ross.

And, in the end, though frustrated to lose, even the famously defensive-minded Raptors head coach couldn’t help but marvel at what went on.

“For the fans it was a great exhibition of basketball,” Casey said. “The young man, Terrence, picked it up. We lose DeMar (DeRozan) and put on a heck of a display. Not only did he have 51 points, he had nine rebounds which was huge too.”

Ross spearheaded the Toronto attack with his dazzling display, including a club-record seven three-pointers in the first half, in a performance reminiscent of the Vince Carter glory days. Carter scored his 51 back in 2000 against Phoenix, in a game telecast across North America.

Landry Fields has wrist surgery

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday forward Landry Fields underwent a minor surgical procedure yesterday to address the ulnar nerve release on his right wrist. The surgery was performed by Dr. Brent Graham at Toronto Western Hospital.

It is anticipated that Fields will return to light basketball-related activities in three weeks.

Fields has appeared in 23 games with one start this season, averaging 2.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 11.9 minutes.

The Raptors play host to the Dallas Mavericks tonight at Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m. (Sportsnet/TSN 1050 Toronto).

Friday night in Washington, the Wizards lost 101-88 to the Toronto Raptors. Washington is now 14-16 for the season. Here’s what various Wizards and Raptors said after the game:

WIZARDS HEAD COACH RANDY WITTMAN

On the team’s effort:

“[I was] shocked probably more than surprised. Being a game where they are a half-game ahead of you in the standings, being a home game, “shocked” would be a better word. [It was] very disappointing. And we can’t play that way. We’ve proven over the last couple of years you can’t play that way. And we’re getting concerned with, ‘Why am I coming out? How many minutes am I getting? How many shots am I getting?’ rather than, ‘What is the team doing?’ and we didn’t do that tonight and that is disappointing because we’re not good enough to do it that way. For us to come out and start the game, and start the fourth quarter like that is disappointing. I don’t know how else to put it. We have to come back together. It is not about ‘me’ it’s about ‘us’ and it has to be focused on us and it was focused on individuals rather than the team tonight.”

On Trevor Ariza being ejected:

“No, I never think the game is over, 13 points in this league is not over. I still felt it. It was a sequence there when the guys finished the game. If we could have made that open three to knock it to 13 when they were bringing [Kyle] Lowry and those guys back in, you never know in this league and there was plenty of time left at the time that [Trevor] Ariza was thrown out.”

On getting his message across to the players:

“I’ll figure something out. We’ll get it one way or the other. Listen, it’s like I’ve said the last year and a half to two years, it’s been proven that way. We don’t have one guy who can carry this team. We don’t have it. So we need the body of work each and every night. That body of work changes. Those numbers change who that guy is. We’ve seen that when we’ve been playing good. Bradley Beal can be it, Martell Webster can and Trevor Ariza can. You can’t dictate the game yourself and make it play out the way you are. You’ve got to let the game dictate that and then be willing to do that. They’re going to take me away tonight? You’re going to be the bonus baby tonight. We’re going to feed you tonight. We’ve got to do that and we didn’t have that tonight.”

WIZARDS GUARD BRADLEY BEAL

On the game:

“They were more aggressive than us. They got off to a great start, 19-8 to begin the quarter. That’s something we got stay away from. We can’t get down by such big leads because we waste all our energy trying to fight back and don’t have enough to be able to pull through. We got to stay out of those situations and be better mentally, focus, and be ready for the next game.”

On Coach Wittman’s comments about selfish basketball:

“I guess what he was talking about was body language and attitude, more so than guys not passing the ball, at least that’s what I interpreted they were saying. I mean you can sense it here and there, but I still think we had a chance to win the game regardless of what our attitude was. He’s right, that’s definitely something we have to stay away from and hopefully moving forward we can eliminate that. Like he said, we lost a couple of games that were winnable. We got to get back on the right track.”

On the effort during the game:

“I mean we are at home. You would think we would play a lot harder, especially having the home crowd behind you. As you start to have more and more fans come and support you, you would think you would come out harder. We were real sluggish tonight. We weren’t there mentally or physically. We weren’t paying attention to our concepts. We got to give credit to them, they made a lot of shots and a lot of good plays as well.”

WIZARDS FORWARD NENE

On the game:

“I don’t think there is much explanation. They kicked our butt. They play hard. They exploited our weakness and they’ve been playing really good on the road. Not much to say.”

On Toronto’s ball movement:

“Missing on defense. We didn’t play the right way. We’ve been playing like that the past couple games. We need to get back to the way we’ve been playing.”

On playing the right way:

“I think we need to watch more video, the good things, what are our openings (weaknesses). Find the things. Get back to the way we’ve been playing, with each other, communicate better, like you said, the defense starts on your person. We need to play harder. The last few games our openings (weaknesses) have been we didn’t play hard enough. This game is simple and it is very fair sometimes.”

On the third quarter:

“We need to start better on the third quarter. That’s the moment a lot of teams go really hard. They open a lot of points on the board right there. If you let the team get that kind of confidence you start to stop.”

WIZARDS GUARD JOHN WALL

On if there’s any selfish play:

“I don’t think so, I think we try and play the right way. I just give them a lot of credit, they took away things from us and then we didn’t make a lot of shots. They just outplayed us tonight. They played with more sense of urgency. They played with more aggressiveness, they were pounding us on the glass and making open shots and we didn’t stick to our defensive concepts and we just give them a lot of credit for what they did and the game plan they had against us.”

On the reason for the loss:

“Not having a sense of urgency from the start of the game. They got a big lead early, I think 18-9. And we fought our way back at halftime and got it down to three and then that third quarter, turnover after turnover and I give Brad [Beal] credit for hustling down and getting the block in and then they got another turnover, hit another three so they basically just had control of the game.”

On making improvements:

“Gotta keep working, gotta find a way to fix it and stop having those lapses of times when you’re not playing good for a quarter or a half and we’re not good enough to play that way and we’re not good enough to have one person try to do it by their self.”

On a team effort:

“Anybody can get hot and start scoring at any time on this team. We’re a team where we’re better when there’s five to six guys in double figures and you might have a different leading scorer every night and we know that’s the way we need to play and there’s nothing wrong with that. We know guys can make big shots and make big plays, but we don’t have one guy that we can put our back on and say, ‘Do that for a whole game.’”

On the Raptors:

“Tonight, you just give them a lot of credit for doing what they had to do and playing the right way and watching film on us and changing their game plan. And you give them a lot of credit for making shots. They made a lot of big shots and tough shots and when a team’s been on a hot streak like that, you’ve got to give them credit.”

RAPTORS HEAD COACH DWANE CASEY

On possibly looking past the Wizards to focus on Miami:

“We have no right. None whatsoever to look past anybody in this league. This team is just as talented as we are and we have no right to look forward to Miami, Indiana, whoever.”

On the Raptors’ second half performance:

“The thing I was upset about was our defense. We gave up points in transition, weren’t getting back, weren’t executing our plans we had for their fast break, and that was the whole thing. We started to do that in the third quarter. We did a good job. Again 29 assists, we got the ball moving, the ball was zinging around and we got it moving.”

On being a successful team with no prominent stars:

“They are playing the game the right way. They’re playing together. They’re trusting each other, nobody has an ego that thinks they have to have X number of shots. Come out of the game when your rotation ends. When one guy is down the next guy picks him up. Everybody is cheering for each other. I think the word ‘team’ is really important for us. If we don’t do what we have to do as a team, offensively and defensively, you see what happened there in the fourth quarter, you lose a big lead. We got to continue to play as a team. We got to play as a team cause like you said we are not going to ‘out-talent’ too many teams.”

RAPTORS GUARD DEMAR DEROZAN

On the Raptors performance:
“Besides the winning, it just feels good. We’re just all playing together. I think you can tell we just go out there and have fun, we’re playing with one another. You can tell, we don’t care who scores, we don’t care who scores the ball, we’re just giving everybody confidence every time on both ends. That’s the fun part about it.”

On team’s focusing on him:
“I definitely see it being in the middle of it, and I understand it. I go out there when my team needs me to score or do something offensively, I’m there, but other than that, I try to be a decoy as much as I can to get my team going. I understand teams are going to focus in on me, try to slow me down sometimes. Sometimes I do a lot moves and create shots for my other teammates it makes it fun that way. ”

On the Raptors recent wins:
“It’s definitely strong. We all understand we got a lot more basketball to play. This is nothing right now. We have to understand once adversity hits, things not going our way, shots not falling, we still got to stay together with the same mindset. I think we’re at a point where we really understand that and we got to do. If we continue to work hard on the court and outside the court, I think we’ll be fine.”

RAPTORS GUARD KYLE LOWRY

On having a winning record without big names:

“I think we have workers. We have guys who just go out and do what it takes to win, that want to win games, take advantage of every situation that they are in, and they work extremely hard. We have very unselfish guys, and we are just staying the course and just trying to play games.”

On guarding Bradley Beal and John Wall:

“We made Bradley Beal take tough shots, and we blitzed him all night, and made John take contested shots. That is all we can do with those guys, and I think everyone tonight just played a great team game.”

On making the extra pass:

“I think guys are just working to win. Winning is contagious, and we are making winning plays and that is what everyone is.”

The Toronto Raptors’ Dwane Casey and the Phoenix Suns’ Jeff Hornacek today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December.

Casey led the Raptors to an 8-6 (.571) record, including road wins over the Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder. The six road wins Toronto posted tied for best in the conference in December (Maurice Cheeks led the Detroit Pistons to six road wins). The Raptors had five players account for double-digit scoring averages on the month, and closed December winning seven of their final nine games.

Hornacek guided the Suns to a 10-3 (.769) record, including wins over the Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers. Phoenix recorded a five-game winning streak between Dec. 4-15, the longest winning streak the Suns have had since January, 2011. The Suns, who rank eighth in the NBA in scoring at 103.7 ppg, eclipsed the 100-point plateau in 10 of their final 11 December contests.

Other nominees for Coach of the Month were Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer, Golden State’s Mark Jackson, Indiana’s Frank Vogel, Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers, Miami’s Erik Spoelstra, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Portland’s Terry Stotts and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich.

Deal is official: Raptors trade Rudy Gay to Kings

The Sacramento Kings today acquired forwards Rudy Gay and Quincy Acy along with center Aaron Gray from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez and forwards John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro.

“We’re excited to welcome these additions to our team,” said D’Alessandro. “In Rudy we’ve acquired one of the league’s proven scorers while Aaron and Quincy provide size and depth in our frontcourt. We also appreciate the contributions and efforts that John, Chuck, Greivis and Patrick made to the Kings organization. We all wish them the very best moving forward.”

“We thank Rudy, Aaron and Quincy for their time here. They were great professionals and strong community ambassadors of the Raptors,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “The trade gives us good flexibility and more certainty as we plan for our future.”

Originally selected eighth overall by Houston in the 2006 NBA Draft, Gay has accrued averages of 18.0 points (.447 FG%, .344 3pt%, .777 FT%), 5.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.41 steals and 36.1 minutes per game in 530 career contests spanning eight professional campaigns with Memphis (2006-07 – 2012-13) and Toronto (2012-13 – 2013-14). Through 18 contests with the Raptors this season, he registered 19.4 points (.388 FG%, .373 3pt%, .773 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.56 steals, 1.28 blocks and 35.5 minutes per game, leading the team in blocks and ranking second in scoring, rebounding and steals.

Gray, a 7-foot center, has posted averages of 3.5 points (.515 FG%, .562 FT%), 3.8 rebounds and 12.3 minutes per game in 285 career appearances with Chicago (2007-08 – 2009-10), New Orleans (2009-10), and Toronto (2011-12 – 2013-14). Drafted by the Chicago Bulls in the second round (49th overall) of the 2007 NBA Draft, he has played for three teams in a six-year NBA career (Chicago 2007-08 – 2009-10, New Orleans 2009-10, Toronto 2011-12 – 2013-14). Gray saw action in just four games this season.

In Acy, Sacramento receives the 37th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, who has averaged 3.8 points (.539 FG%, .429 3pt%, .783 FT%), 2.6 rebounds and 11.2 minutes per game over 36 career games in two seasons with the Raptors. This season, he has seen action in seven contests as a reserve, posting 2.7 points (.429 FG%, .400 3pt%, .625 FT%), 2.1 rebounds and 8.8 minutes per game.

An 11-year veteran who was in his second stint with the Kings, Salmons is averaging 9.8 points (.434 FG%, .365 3pt%, .801 FT%), 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 27.2 minutes per game in 814 career games with Philadelphia (2002-03 – 2005-06), Sacramento (2006-07 – 2008-09 and 2011-12 – 2013-14), Chicago (2008-09 – 2009-10), and Milwaukee (2009-10 – 2010-11). Through 18 games (started eight) this season, he has posted 5.8 points (.350 FG%, .381 3pt%, 7-7 FT), 2.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 24.7 minutes per contest.

Vasquez, who was acquired during the offseason in a three-team trade by Sacramento from New Orleans in exchange for guard Tyreke Evans, averaged 9.8 points (.433 FG%, .320 3pt%, .938 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, a team-high 5.3 assists and 25.8 minutes per game in starting all 18 games for the Kings this season. In his four NBA campaigns with Memphis (2010-11), New Orleans (2011-12 – 2012-13) and Sacramento, Vasquez is averaging 9.0 points (.429 FG%, .325 3pt%, .818 FT%), 2.7 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 24.6 minutes per game in 232 career contests. Born in Venezuela, he was drafted by the Grizzlies out of Maryland with the 28th overall selection of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Signed by the Kings as a free agent on December 23, 2011, Hayes is averaging averaging 4.0 points (.502 FG%, .612 FT%), 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 19.3 minutes per game in 568 career contests with Houston (2005-06 – 2010-11) and Sacramento (2011-12 – 2013-14). Through 16 games this season, he has registered 2.1 points (.438 FG%, .714 FT%), 2.9 rebounds and 11.2 minutes per game, including one start.

Patterson, acquired by the Kings last season in a multi-player trade with Houston, has accrued averages of 6.9 points (.410 FG%, .231 3pt%, .563 FT%), a career-high 5.8 rebounds and 24.4 minutes per game in 17 games (started six) this season. Drafted by the Rockets in the first round (14th overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft, he has amassed career averages of 8.2 points (.488 FG%, .341 3pt%, .713 FT%), 4.5 rebounds and 22.3 minutes per game in 204 contests in four seasons with Houston (2010-11 – 2012-13) and Sacramento (2012-13 – 2013-14).

Toronto Raptors waive D.J. Augustin

Toronto Raptors waive D.J. Augustin

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have waived guard D.J. Augustin. Augustin was signed by the club as a free agent July 22.

Augustin appeared in 10 games, averaging 2.1 points, 1.0 assists and 8.2 minutes.

The roster now stands at 14.

The Raptors play host to the defending Western Conference Champion San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday at Air Canada Centre at 7 p.m.

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