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Raptors To Add Another Pacers Free Agent

Casey wanted the Raptors to become Pacers North and it’s hard to think of a better way to accomplish that goal than by picking off free agents from last season’s Pacers’ roster. According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors have come to terms with the Pacers backup point guard D.J. Augustin.

In what has become typical fashion for Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, the acquisition of Augustin comes at no risk to the team’s long term plans. The 25-year-old Augustin has one season to prove he fits with what Ujiri and Head Coach Dwane Casey are building or the Raptors can look elsewhere.

Augustin won the starting point guard job on a weak Bobcats team in 2010 and in his 147 career starts, he has averaged 13.4 points, 6.2 assists and 2 turnovers. Last season backing up George Hill, however, he averaged the fewest minutes of his career and it showed. His per 36 minutes numbers for points and assists tumbled over 20 percent from the year before. How the Pacers play is dramatically different from Augustin’s experience with the Bobcats and one could view last season as a year of training to play tough physical basketball before joining Coach Casey and the Raptors.

This is a solid acquisition for Toronto. The Raptors had no one with NBA experience to replace starting point guard Kyle Lowry in case of injury or illness. Augustin has yet to prove he is ready to be a full-time starter in the NBA, but he is more than capable of starting for a few games when needed and being a more than adequate backup.

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