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Indiana Pacers vs Miami Heat - Game Two

With Julyan Stone seemingly out of the mix, the Raptors have gone in another direction by reportedly signing D.J. Augustin to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.

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Most Raptors fans assumed that the team would pursue an older, veteran type point guard to play behind Kyle Lowry as the primary backup.

Wrong.

Then most fans assumed that the team would find said veteran point guard to act as an insurance policy as a third stringer behind Lowry and Julyan Stone.

Wrong again, as on Friday, reports emerged that the Raptors have added point guard Dwight Buycks, who just finished off a four-game stint with Oklahoma City’s Summer League team in Orlando (where he averaged 9.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals in about 21 minutes).

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Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Seven

UPDATE: An agreement is reportedly in place:

Read below for my thoughts on the original report of “serious talks” between the Raptors and Hansbrough…

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Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

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.

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The last game of a painful and somewhat meaningless (from a win/loss perspective) 2011-2012 season is a distant memory, with Ben Uzoh’s triple-double lifting the Raptors over the Nets now nearly half a year in the rear view mirror. The highly anticipated and much more meaningful 2012-2013 season unofficially gets underway on Monday with a pre-season opener against Spain’s Real Madrid.

Okay, so the opening game of a supposedly more meaningful season is actually meaningless. But you get the point.

We’re all pretty stoked to get this 18th season in Raptors history tipped off, but before we do, let’s look back on the 2012 off-season, and how we got to this present moment of excitement.

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