With a clear need for a backup point guard, many assumed the Raptors would find an NBA veteran or at least a recognizable name to fill that role. On Thursday, however, the team reached an agreement on a two-year deal with lesser know guard Julyan Stone, with Eric Koreen reporting that the Raps see Stone as Lowry’s primary backup.
It’s easy to dismiss this at first as a potential tanking team’s move, but do some research on Stone and you’ll find that Masai Ujiri actually signed him in Denver as an undrafted free agent in 2011, so there’s obviously a level of confidence and comfort there. Sure, he only played 26 games total over his two seasons with the Nuggets (averaging 1.7 points, 1.5 assists and 1.1 rebounds), but at 6’6″ with a 6’10″ wingspan, Stone possesses tremendous size for a point guard.
At the very least, I’m certainly intrigued by the four-year UTEP product with a pass-first reputation.
I’m sure we’ll all be digging for more information on stone. For now, I’ll leave you with this tweet from CBS Sports’ Matt Moore…
Letting Julyan Stone go was a mistake by Denver. Kid can play.
— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) July 4, 2013