Raptors exercise options on DeMar DeRozan, James Johnson, Ed DavisPosted by Inside Hoops
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have exercised team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of guard-forward DeMar DeRozan and forwards James Johnson and Ed Davis. The club picked up the fourth year team options for DeRozan and Johnson and the third year option for Davis. The contracts for all players are now guaranteed through the 2012-13 season. In accordance with the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the Raptors had until October 31 to exercise their option on the three players. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
DeRozan, 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, was the ninth overall pick by Toronto in the 2009 NBA Draft. In his two seasons with the Raptors he has averaged 13.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 28.4 minutes in 159 games (147 starts).
Last season DeRozan was the only Raptor to appear in and start all 82 games. He ranked second on the team in scoring (17.2) and third among all sophomores. He had the biggest scoring increase among all sophomores and third in the NBA (8.6 to 17.2).
Johnson, 6-foot-9, 245 pounds, joined the Raptors on February 22 from Chicago for a 2011 first-round draft pick. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 25 games (all starts) with the Raptors. He had a season-high 18 points and a team-high six assists April 10 versus New Jersey. He set a career high with 10 rebounds March 30 versus Milwaukee.
Davis, 6-foot-9, 235 pounds, was the 13th overall pick by Toronto in the 2010 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 24.6 minutes in 65 appearances in the 2010-11 season. He led the team with 13 double-doubles and tied for the team lead with 17 games of 10 or more rebounds. He ranked first in the NBA among rookies in field goal percentage (.576), fourth in rebounds (7.1) and third in blocks (1.03). His field goal percentage set a franchise rookie record.