The Raptors announced three signings today.

Chris Wright: He was on the summer league team and was the third best player behind Jonas Valanciunas and Dwight Buycks, and you might even make a case that he showed better than Buycks. He’s an athletic 6’8″ forward which players the way he’s built – strong. He adds some strong athleticism to the roster which is different than the Terrence Ross athleticism, if you catch my drift.

Wright is one of those guys that can find ways to score, and can be a very situation-specific players, somewhat like Antoine Wright except he might get the job done. At least we hope so. He was a 37% three-point shooter so he’s got that going for him a little as well.

Julyan Stone: After failing a medical earlier, the Raptors have managed to sign Stone, whose main advantage is that he happens to be a 6’6″ point guard. This is one of those signings that can pay off defensively, and again, is a situational one.

Carlos Morais: Never heard of him, so I’ll defer to the text posted in the above linked article:

Morais recently competed for Angola at the 2013 FIBA Africa championship and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in seven contests for Angola and scored a team-best 21 points during the championship game versus Egypt. Morais spent the 2012-13 season with Atletico Petroleos de Luanda in Angola and represented his country at the 2008 Summer Olympics and 2006 FIBA World Championship.

The Raptors now have 17 players on the roster, which means two will be slashed. My money’s on Morais and…I’m going to say Augustin.

Here’s the depth chart:


Camp should be fun.

  • thegloveinrapsuniform

    Arent these three on camp contracts only? meaning their contracts are only good for the duration of training camp, sort of insurance money incase they get injured. So once training end, theyre gone too unless theyre offered another contract. Daye is on the roster with a two-year contract, does that mean he can still get cut/waived anytime?

  • mike, prague

    Random thought (kind of stupid)

    What if Johnson was moved to the backup C position, Hansbrough would start (the scariest part) and Acy would back him up with Daye.
    Like I said it is a random thought and I didn’t think it through much but hey it wouldn’t have to be too hideous …

    • DDayLewis

      Johnson is one of the most productive players on the team. Why would you bench him to play undersized at centre just to get Hansbrough into the game?

      • mike, prague

        No, the intention wasn’t to bench Amir at all. I’m just saying that that could be one way how to strengthen the C if it was killing us, though it would weaken the PF spot. No, I’m not a “start Hansbrough fanatic”, but I do think he is capable of handling the starting job.

    • StabbyRaccoon

      Yeah like DDay said, it makes no sense to do that. And hey, he’s the 2nd unit 4! When Amir left the floor last year things would quickly go to shit. Preventing that could earn Hansbrough some serious respect if he’s up to the challenge.

    • Jonathan Mac Lean

      I can see what you’re saying since Johnson would be a much better backup than Gray, but, he needs to start. Here’s an alternative though: when Valanciunas is on the bench, play small ball and have Johnson at the center.
      P.S. I dont think Gray is that bad. He’s not that good, but he can rebound. Although I might be saying this because I went to a game last season vs. Golden State, and he finished with 22 pts and 10 reb. Ever since, he’s had a special place in my heart <3

      • Casey Sherman

        If he can cut down on the dumb turnovers (he had one of the highest turnover rates in the league this past season at 24.8%) and be restricted to matchups where his lack of speed isn’t killer, I’m fine with him. He’s a got cute lil baby hook and baby face

  • Casey Sherman

    Is Wright not a PF? I wouldn’t be surprised if Daye plays more at the 3 and Wright at the 4. Assuming Wright makes it of course, which is probably up in the air at this point. God I would be so happy if Augustin were cut–is that possible?

  • GoingBig

    Why ain’t I seeing a 3rd Centre here?
    Raptors’s staff – Keep digging!

    • Jonathan Mac Lean

      I’m not sure but I think they’ll be going for more of a wing oriented small ball type of game. That and they want to give JV as many minutes as he can handle. But you’re right; if either center gets injured they’ll be in trouble in that department.

  • Thunder

    Wow our team line up is depressing.

  • c_bcm

    My take on Morias is that he is not expected to make the team. I bet Ujiri just brought him over here to get him some exposure with the big leagues hoping that some other team takes notice and makes an off to him once the Raps release him. Sounds like a public service signing. Which I am perfectly ok with. Anyone who can catch the attention of an NBA executive is worth helping out…

  • Slap Dog Hoops

    Augustin is staying because the Raptors signed him to guaranteed money. Morais is as good as gone as well as Wright. Stone might stay since he has some tenure in the league.

    • Casey Sherman

      Shame about Augustin. 4 point guards though? What are we, Detroit? Looks like Chris Wright might get the nod, if anyone. Actually I bet none of the three make the team.

  • Van Grungy

    I would have picked up another 6 fouls at Center like the Jordan Bulls used to do. But since Big Val is there it’s ok cause he needs lots of minutes.

  • Andre Julian Ward

    The thing of most concern to me is the Center position

  • Andre

    I think Morais is a PG as well. Do you really think Buycks is better then Augustin? we will see. Gray is still on this roster? Like someone else said on this thread, Play small ball with Johnson at the 5. Gray can sit out and be a cheerleader.

    • ibleedpurple

      Morais isn’t a PG he is a score first guard with a strong slashing ability and a decent outside shot. Not known for his passing.

    • SR

      The problem with that C strategy is when they have one guy injured mid-season and find themselves lining up against Memphis etc. with only one legitimate big man. If you’re going to be carrying some borderline NBA talent anyway, it would be nice to have a little more depth at the 5, just for those situations.

      • Edgar

        Don’t Amir, Psyco T or Acy count as Big’s anymore? We have 5 traditional bigs out of 13 guaranteed roster spots and another 4 more (Gay, Fields, Novak, Daye) who have and will play minutes at PF – do we really need to pay another 7 footer (Diop, Aldrich. Haddadi, etc) to wear suits for the year?

  • Nilanka15

    Buycks and Stone are both interesting prospects, but I can’t see Ujiri being comfortable with his primary backup (whoever he may be) having little-to-no NBA experience. Augustin isn’t exactly Isiah Thomas, but he’s proven he can run an offense for 15-20 mpg.

    Unless of course the tank is on from opening day.

  • changv10

    I think Wright (again) won’t make it. It would be a great story if Morais makes it, but with Buycks & Augustin, I don’t see that happening. The flexibility is on having Stone 6’6 PG/SG that is defensive minded.
    Amir can be the starting PF AND the backup C. Jonas sits for Hansbrough – Johnson moves to C and Hansbrough takes on PF. And when Amir needs to sit, depending on match ups, Acy/Daye/Gray would take the rest of the big man duties.