Earlier this offseason, the Toronto Raptors planed to sign guard Julyan Stone, who previously spent time with the Denver Nuggets. The connection made sense given the Raptors acquisition of former Denver Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri, who likes Stone’s game.
Unfortunately for Stone, unknown knee and hip injuries derailed that two year, $1.9 million dollar deal but according to RealGM.com, the Toronto Raptors are expected to honor the originally agreed upon contract:
After the initial contract fell through, Julyan Stone is still in discussions for the Toronto Raptors to honor their deal, with three other NBA teams emerging as a serious suitor, a league source told RealGM on Friday.
While a contract hasn’t been signed, Masai Ujiri and Stone’s representatives have maintained dialogue surrounding a potential deal for the free agent. At 6-foot-6, Stone is a tantalizing, natural point guard and has wanted to join a team that will give him opportunity to play significant minutes.
In the wake of Stone’s absence, the Raptors signed both Dwight Buycks and D.J. Augustin for the backup guard duties which will put a damper on his minute preference, but it still sounds as if a deal will get done.