Raptors sign Daye to two-year deal

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Devang Desai is a web writer for theScore and a contributor to the Counter Attack blog who is covering RaptorBlog in case of breaking news while Joseph is away. Joe will chime in with his thoughts when he returns next week.

Last night the always excellent Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Raptors had reached a two-year deal, the second year a team option, with forward Austin Daye. The contract is worth $2 million.

Daye gives head coach Dwane Casey a three point threat off the bench. After a three-year stint with the Detroit Pistons, the Gonzaga alum was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in February. Coincidentally, he was part of the deal that saw Rudy Gay become a Raptor. In 55 regular season games last season Daye averaged 4.5 points and 2.2 rebounds per game between stops in Detroit and Memphis.

The 15th overall pick in the 2009 draft didn’t get much playoff time with the Grizzlies, appearing in just four games.

With the addition of Daye, Tyler Hansbrough, D.J. Augustin and Dwight Buycks in the last few weeks, the Raps roster appears set for training camp. Daye’s addition was made possible after Toronto bought out veteran big man Marcus Camby.

Comments (40)

  1. I like this! Daye is a fine “second draft” signing. Replacing Kleiza with Daye makes the team better both now and going forward.

    Doug Smith over at the honker has been talking to “scouts” who never watch the games (again)–one told him that Daye “could possibly be a three in some odd circumstances”. Guess where he’s played almost every minute in the NBA. Guys, the games are even on TV if you want to learn who the players are!

    • Well, I suspect Kleiza was the better player. I don’t expect much from this signing. This looks like more of a tank move than a help the team make the playoffs move.

      I’m really hoping we start 12-8 against tough competition, but outside of the starting 5 on this team, it is looking more and more like he expects to go 4-16 in the first 20, then blow it up and tank for Wiggins.

      Please let the first 20 games be vs tough opponents. If we win most of them, great, we are likely making the playoffs for the first time since forever. If we lose most of them, it isn’t too late to get in on the race to Wiggins.

      Why does the Doug still have a job?

      • It’s too late to tank and get Wiggins or anyone in the top 5. Look at some of the other teams rosters….they are in full out tank mode. Some teams might be lucky to get 15 wins.

  2. One of these days, a sports writer will learn the difference between “irony” and “coincidence.”

    But otherwise, a nice little posting. Thanks for helping us get through the dull summer months.

    • Argh. It was early, but yea, you’re right.

      • Actually it was a coincidence. Irony means something else entirely:

        1 [ahy-ruh-nee, ahy-er-]
        noun, plural i·ro·nies.
        the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning: the irony of her reply, “How nice!” when I said I had to work all weekend.
        a technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
        (especially in contemporary writing) a manner of organizing a work so as to give full expression to contradictory or complementary impulses, attitudes, etc., especially as a means of indicating detachment from a subject, theme, or emotion.
        Socratic irony.
        dramatic irony.
        an outcome of events contrary to what was, or might have been, expected.

  3. Sweet signing, low risk, low cost and still a talented player

  4. Tired of seeing people trying to analyze every move we make as a ‘tank or playoff move.’ As of right now, THIS TEAM ISN’T TANKING and MU said it himself. Unless our main guys shit the bed, we’re going to try and make the playoffs. Ujiri is simply filling out the roster with young players that have upside. He’s signing them to cheap, short contracts so that the franchise has flexibility in the short-term. Nothing more.

  5. the one thing i’m seeing from these signings is we keep going after big guys. This dude is a 6’11″ forward. If we can’t have talent, at least we can have size!

  6. like this signing, always noticed him when we played them, didnt realize he was that big, could be a sleeeper

  7. Career numbers:

    Player A – FG% = 0.437; 3P% = 0.361
    Player B – FG% = 0.450; 3P% = 0.353
    Player C – FG% = 0.410; 3P% = 0.356

    Player A 2013/14 salary = $10 mil.
    Player B 2013/14 salary = $17.8 mil.
    Player C 2013/14 salary = $0.948 mil.

    Summary – for anyone who thought Bargnani and Gay were inefficient chuckers, you ain’t seen the light of Daye! On the plus side, BC gives shooters who can’t shoot very well $10 million dollars, while Ujiri likes to sign them for one tenth of that price. ‘Atta boy, Ujiri!

    • this is the worst stat comparison I have ever seen.

      • @DB – Why so serious? The comment was 50% facetious, which should be obvious. The only real comparison is that Daye is a long-range jump shooter who avoids contact/going to the basket and shoots at a low percentage for a “shooter” – virtually the same knocks brought against Gay and Bargnani. That’s all. Barring injury, he’s going to be limited to garbage time at best.

  8. Carmelo Anthony – FG% = 0.406; 3p%= 0.298, Salary = 21.5 mil

    He has worse stats then the players you listed and makes way more then any of them, but almost every team would love to have him.

    Don’t always look at the numbers

    • @ J May – Haha, it’s great that you bring up those numbers re: ‘Melo. For all his talent, those numbers are a great argument for explaining why, in 7 out of his 10 trips to the playoffs, he’s been eliminated in the first round in five games or less.

      Of course box score stats are overhyped, but you can’t minimalize the importance of shooting percentages when you’re talking about shooters, whether they’re you’re number 1 option or sitting at the end of the bench. In the end, you’re team’s ceiling is going to be awfully low if you’re shooters can’t shoot. Efficiency is everything on offense.

  9. It’s so funny how someone is using my old handle to impersonate me – They really must like me and admire me – look up to me. I said it once and Ill say it again…if you see the handle “youngjames” it is NOT the real youngjames – it is someone who wants to me – It is most likely Doug Smith or Sly!
    I have to laugh when I read a comment by Doug and or Sly, thinking they are answering me (youngjames), thinking I am stating my opinion when I’m not!!!!! Seems like I have ol’ Sly and Doug Smith on the ropes – I’m living rent free in their head. EVERYDAY! – LOSERS!!!!!
    Here is Doug Smith’s number if anyone wants to chat 416 – 869 – 4397.

    • I’m sick of your shit youngjames…..I have never posted under another name. It begs the question though…Why do you keep changing yours? Is it because you’re a child and like to play games? I think the real reason is that most of us on here think your posts are ridiculous, so you keep changing your name to try and get us to listen. Sorry, but who looks like the loser here? Every few blogs you mention me in your posts. Who’s living in who’s head rent free? Bahahahaha You’re a sad excuse for a human being.

    • “it is someone who wants to me”

      LOL…wants to you indeed!

      • Youngjames – uses – a lot of – hyphens – and a lot……… of periods……. and!!! a lot of!!!!! exclamation marks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And he also can’t (notice the apostrophe here youngidiot) spell wurds veeri wel.

        This tells me that either a) he is uneducated or b) he’s on crack

  10. @Sly – I’ve mentioned you twice in the last 6 months or so – it’s you, who follows me every time I’m on here, every site I go….Bam! there’s ol’ ignorant Sly – sayin’ nuttin’ by a bunch of useless bull shit! That’s why I change my name because of fags like you. You’re like a burr I can’t shake…and You use my old handle – you even admit to using it when you leave your statements – stop the lies.
    I actually skip by your comments must times especially when you do your “ambush” attacks on anyone who doesn’t agree with you! – 15 messages saying the same thing – we get it…you’re a knob! Now you can shut the fuck up anytime – know one cares – know ones listening to your opinion no matter how hard you try and stuff it down their throats!

    • “I actually skip by your comments must times”

      “know one cares – know ones listening to your opinion”

      LOL…someone doesn’t know what ‘know’ means…must times, anyway.

    • You don’t “know” what you’re talking about!!! This has to be a joke right? You’re just pretending to be an idiot to egg me on right?

      Every site you go on, I’m there… What site other than this one? LOL The fact that you honestly believe that I change my name to fuck with you shows just how fucked up your little internet life really is. Lay off the crack, you’re paranoid!!!! “know one cares” “know one cares” Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  11. Hey YoungIdiot!!! Can you post a pic of yourself? I need to see what someone this dumb actually looks like.

  12. The sad part of all this is that you’ve actually made some really good points on here youngjames. You know a hell of a lot about basketball. The problem is that you’re an extremely stupid person, which makes it hard to take you seriously, whether it’s basketball related or not. Your maturity level shines through in your posts. (it’s really low, just in case you thought this was a compliment) You started this shit, and you continue to irritate me, so now you have to deal with me, fuckhead. I won’t stop.

  13. Just when I thought the REAL youngjames had disappeared for good, he makes a surprise appearance and privdes a few cheap laughs. Awesome.

  14. this signing is meh…

    • A recurring pattern this off-season with DJ Augustin, Tyler Hansbrough and Dwight Buycks (although he has some potential based on what I saw in summer league) .. I just wonder what the reactions would be like if it was BC that made these signings?

  15. Sly – I had 90 seconds during an afternoon meeting when I posted that comment – this is why your DUMB…How many times do I have to mention to you (and you can’t seem to understand) I don’t and wont proof read my comments for you or this site, you obviously understood what I said because you responded – you just having NOTHING to add because I’m right and your wrong…like always!
    But seeings’s you must speak for some reason, you continue to waste my time with…”na-nana-nana- boo boo – you made a spelling error” childish shit….you’re incapable of saying something relevant and proper towards the conversation….like always!
    You yell and whine and cry till someone responses to you….It’s not our fault your old. by yourself and lonely – By your actions it’s obvious you need me! You need me to answer too, you need me to help you get through your dull day (because obviously the oxy codeine ain’t helping your depression)…I’m always in the back of your mind (rent free Baby!), you use my handle (youngjames) daily, whenever you think its me speaking under a different name (by the way you are wrong 80% of the time – which I find hilarious)….and you leave a billion messages and responses for me…always!
    I guess though at the end of the day, maybe if I was unemployed like you sitting around all day with my cock in my hand watching the View and Judge Mathis – I would be lonely too and have more time to proof read and be as “smart” as you. But the fact remains, that when all you have is “hey you made a spelling error” as a response, then I know I’ve won against you….again!…like always!

    By the way, I have offed to meet you in person – you backed out!

    • I’m beginning to think that English ins’t youngjames’ first language.

    • I though you were joking and dumbing yourself down, but now I see that this is really you talking. It must have been a very important “meeting” for you to come here and reply to our ridiculous “conversation” here on raptorblog. lol I still don’t know what you’re talking about, but keep talking, it makes you look bad.

      Notice that people are laughing at you during our rants. That should tell you something.

  16. @Duke – Yes my brother! Jus’ keeping Raptors love alive!

    • Youngjames, you should write your own dictionary so we know what the hell you’re talking about. Jus’ lol

      • Wait, you were probably still in a meeting right? That’s why you couldn’t spell the word just. hahaha

  17. I wonder what organisation hired someone who acts like a child, and has the vocabulary of a thug. KFC maybe? Mcdonald’s?

  18. Sly my boi – just at the cottage, but while my wife and our friends are in town getting gas for the Jet ski’s and boat – I thought I’d jump on line for a quick 5 to see what’s going on in the world of sports!…Yup, O’l Jimmer got the internet at the cottage….long cry from you, who has to walk down to the local library just to “jump on-line”.
    Anyways, as I log on to Raps blog, I see you have gone crazy again – so lets recap here…you have left EIGHT (8) comments to my 2…that is 4 times per comments too much, that I care to listen too you! SHUT UP FOOL! Sit in your bachelors basement apartment all alone with your basic cable hook up you paid for from the monthly old age cheque and write to someone else – while winners like me (who can’t spell mind you – but make dollar dollar bills), will enjoy the fruits of northern Ontario in style! Gotta go loser, too many good things happening up here to be sitting around anymore leaving messages for you – SLY “Doug” Smith, the master tool of all tools!

    • cottage?

      But that’s impossible. I’m sitting right here in my parent’s basement!

    • Just at the library checking things out…. Sorry, I was busy enjoying my weekend. Man, am I ever jealous of young “dolla bill” james! I wish I had a cottage, a jet ski, and a boat.. The thing is, I would never brag about material possessions in an attempt to make myself look superior to someone else. I have no interest in people like you. (regardless if you actually have those possessions or not) You could have all the money in the world youngjames ol’ boy…you’ll always be a prick.

      Moving right along here… So if I was to take all those small replies and jam them into one huge spaz attack paragraph that has no flow and makes no sense….would that be ok?

      Anyways, this is getting ridiculous. And thanks for sharing details about your private life here on raptorblog, we really care. Peace out loser.

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