Not exactly the bid splash many fans in Toronto were hoping for, but Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri has reached back into his Denver connections once again to reacquire a backup point guard he had originally signed for Nuggets in 2011. Adrian Wojnarowski Yahoo! Sports reports,
“Denver Nuggets free-agent guard Julyan Stone has reached agreement on a two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.”
Stone was an undrafted senior out of UTEP and played 26 games over two seasons with the Nuggets. At 6’ 6” he has good size and reach to defend either guard spot, but his 207 minutes of playing time in the NBA provides little indication of his potential. Extrapolating his college, NBA D-League and NBA stats, he could be a decent rebounding guard that can pass the ball.
This is in effect a one-year deal with a team option for a second season. However, Ujiri does have firsthand knowledge of Stone’s work ethic and potential, so he must believe Stone wasn’t given a real opportunity under Coach George Karl in Denver.
Assuming Ujiri finds Head Coach Dwane Casey another more proven guard this summer, Stone will have his work cut out for him to earn a spot in the rotation. Stone is 24 years old and this probably represents his last chance to stick in the NBA.