Apr 14, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) carries the ball past Milwaukee Bucks guard Ramon Sessions (13) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors close to deal with Greivis Vasquez


The Toronto Raptors are nearing a deal with point guard Greivis Vasquez, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

The Raptors acquired Vasquez in December as a part of the trade that sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings. Vasquez was an effective backup guard for the Raptors, averaging 9.5 points (41.7 percent shooting from the floor and 38.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc), 3.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game.

Vasquez made it clear following the end of last season that he wanted to return, according to CBS Sports’ James Herbert.

“I really want to be back,” Vasquez said at his season-ending media availability in May. “I truly love this city. I love our fans, my family loves Canada, my kids love school, it would be heartbreaking if I don’t come back. ‘Cause I’m an emotional guy, so I really embrace, I’m really committed to the team, to the city, to this franchise. It was a very special year.”

It looks like Vasquez will get his wish, as will the Raptors, who seem intent on “bringing the band back” from last year’s team that won 48 games and was the No.3 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team has already re-signed forward Patrick Patterson on a three-year deal for $18 million and guard Kyle Lowry on a four-year deal for $48 million.

Vasquez was a first round pick of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2010 and has played for four NBA teams.

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