Apr 25, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Raptors' Greivis Vasquez wants to be a starter


The Toronto Raptors are facing a bit of a predicament in their backcourt this offseason. With two talented point guards in Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez, who do you keep? The most obvious answer would be both as you can never have too much of a good thing. However, that might be too pricey and the demands of the players also begin to become problematic.

Case in point, Greivis Vasquez’s desire to be a starting point guard in the NBA.

After being traded from the New Orleans Pelicans to the Sacramento Kings last offseason, Vasquez thought he’d found a home in California. But things just didn’t work out and he was traded to the Toronto Raptors in the package for Rudy Gay.

Despite splitting time with Lowry and playing a backup role, Greivis Vasquez appeared to enjoy his time with Toronto and seems eager to return, but that doesn’t change the fact that he wants to be a starter.

“Ultimately I want to be, hopefully in Toronto. I still got to give myself a chance to be a starting point guard. I feel like I can do many many different (things) now that I’m healthy. I have to give myself another shot. I have to earn that. I understand perfectly the things that I have to do for me to be the point guard that I want to be.”

Vasquez is a restricted free agent, so his future is in the hands of the Raptors organization. They can either re-sign him or match any offer sheet he receives. They could also allow him to walk if they are able to re-sign Kyle Lowry and don’t want to pay two point guards premium contracts.

Things will iron themselves out over the course of the next few weeks.

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