That’s the WojBomb, here’s Greivis’ reaction:

This was in the making for some time now with Vasquez himself professing his love for the Raptors time-and-time again, and multiple reports suggesting that the Raptors were close to a deal.

The $6.5M/yr is higher than the mid-level exception (~ $5M) and by comparison, is higher than what fellow backup-guard Shaun Livingston got with Golden State ($5.3M/yr). The deal appears to be a compromise on the part of both parties – Vasquez was likely seeking a longer deal (at least three years) but Ujiri has chosen to pay a slightly higher amount over a shorter period of time. The deal is likely to satisfy Vasquez who gets a good two years to prove his mettle and seek a longer deal at the age of 29. Coincidentally, Vasquez is now set to become a free-agent at the same time as his good friend Kevin Durant in 2016, so read into that what you will.

Much like Patterson, it became clear that the Raptors would have to offer more than the mid-level exception as there a number of teams dangling that offer in front of free-agents, so the amount comes as little surprise. The deal is more than double his qualifying offer of $3.2M, and though I’m quite happy with the re-signing, you have to wonder just what the competition here was since there were no reports (other than a flaky one linking him to the Bucks) that any team was about to sign him to an offersheet. However, you have to give Masai Ujiri the benefit of the doubt and consider this a proactive move before the competition got hot as teams got desperate.

The Raptors are over the cap and depending on how the Lowry, Patterson and Vasquez deals are structured, they’ll still have the mid-level exception available to them. It is unlikely to be the full mid-level of $5M but somewhere north of $4M should still be available to sign one more player. Blake will follow up with this info a bit later.

The signing marks Ujiri executing a clean sweep of his three major free-agents within nine days of free-agency starting, which is highly efficient to say the least. It means that the Raptors can, to a man, bring back the core group of players from last year with some sprinklings in the form of Bruno Caboclo, Bebe Nogueira, Lou Williams and whoever else they’re going to sign with the MLE. The Raptors have kept their chemistry intact and improved their athleticism and bench-scoring without handing out unreasonable contracts. All the players they’ve re-signed are now set to play the prime of their careers in a Raptors jersey, which pales in comparisons to the mass re-signings in the summer of 2001.

Vasquez will resume his duties as the backup point guard, only this time there will be legitimate backcourt help in the form of Lou Williams, who will give Dwane Casey easy opportunities to mix-and-match with Lowry and Vasquez, because of his ability to play both backcourt positions. After being acquired as part of the Rudy Gay trade, Vasquez averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists with the Raptors in 2013-14. These numbers were more or less on par with his career. More importantly, he provided an effective contrast to Kyle Lowry, giving defenses a much different look than the bowling-ball style of Lowry.  Vasquez had an excellent playoff run where he increased his production to 10.1 points and 5.1 assists, and was one of the only backcourt players other than Lowry that negotiated the Nets’ pressure defense effectively.

His 6’6″ frame allows him to pass over pressure and be an effective pick ‘n roll player, especially in late shot-clock situations. Vasquez is definitely lacking on the defensive end and happens to be inflicted with slow feet and poor lateral movement, but unlike Jose Calderon which many will draw parallels with, his frame allows him to step back against quicker guards, making him less of a liability.

The continuity that we all feared would not materialize with three major free-agents is now guaranteed. The signing also sends a message to the league that the Raptors can retain key free-agents, not because they’re paying more, but because they have a desirable basketball situation.

Good stuff.

For more analysis of the deal, check out William Lou’s 3 reasons why the signing made sense

  • Anonapotamus

    Seems pretty steep, but then again compared to every other signing this off season I guess its about right. At least its only 2 years. Glad to have him back anyway!

  • De Colo

    Money may or may not be too much, but at this point, why doubt Ujiri now? dude is a stud

    • noname

      this contract expires at the same time as kd’s. Coincidence, I think not.

      • De Colo

        He and Durant signs with the Raptors in 2016? Knew it

        • noname

          yup…and if something goes wrong (like Vasquez playing worse than John Salmons), we all know Masai can trade him.

          • De Colo

            Nah, must keep for his Durant recruitment haha

            • noname

              lol it’s that high school connection…

              • De Colo

                Oh the memories

    • raptorholic

      don’t have to doubt, but must ALWAYS question!

      • De Colo

        That’s the problem with fans, they always question everything no matter what, it’s your right as a fan but lets wait for the whole off season process to play out 1st, the plan was to keep the band together, they did that, now lets see what else is up Masai’s sleeve cause you know he’s not done.

  • Rick

    $$$ indeed questionable, but for 2 years who can complain? Masai knows he needs to keep the majority of our roster together so we can have a shot at making the playoffs again next season. I believe in Masai.

  • Truth Teller

    Short term deals, but a couple million or so more than what his value warrants. If the plan is to push for the FA class in 2 years, then I don’t see a problem with this. Good deal overall.

  • DDD

    his contract expires the same year as KD’s 😉

  • Charanvir

    Shorter term meant more money. Not to much to complain about. Besides the fact I wrote THIS THING http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/forums/showthread.php?13450-Whats-the-Deal-with-Greivis-Vasquez and a minute later he resigns. ROFL

  • rick

    Wow. Anyone know how much that leaves them left with to sign small forward or backup center?

    • mtds

      RR posted something about how mch money we have but I believe we have our mid level exception still. However, I rmbr us signing Vasquez (hypothetically) for around 5 so at 6.5 I dunno if that puts us over the cap or not.

      • DDayLewis

        It’s really close to the tax. The full MLE is still in play, but if Masai uses all of it, it puts the team over the tax by <1 million

  • De Colo

    Good thing I didn’t take it to the bank asifyouknow haha

    • asifyouknow

      Read my take and take that to the bank..It was a last minute thing dude ..like I said, I was shopping for a Bucks jersey…lol.. that is why he got the money …the Bucks were paying…

      • De Colo

        Or maybe he was like “gross, the Bucks”

  • noname

    I smell an overpay…but it makes sense since it’s only two years and it expires at the same time as kd’s contract. Plus if Vasquez shits the bed…we all know Ujiri can trade him.

  • robertparish00

    Very glad he is back, lock up a back up center and let’s start the season!

  • Mexiballer

    Wow. I am surprised we paid him that much.

  • raptorholic

    Contract could be worse. He has a bit of an ego, he swears he’s a starter. So if he can’t start, he wants to be paid as one. As long as he gives us what he did in the play off. Can live with the deal….People need to forget all this Durant talk. That’s not happening.

  • Joey Drummond

    Assuming Raps keep Bebe on the roster and send Daniels to Europe or elsewhere, they now have 14 players on the roster for next season. This means we’re getting a backup centre OR a backup SF. No room for both. I think the need is for another big – this current roster can’t sustain an extended absence from Amir or Jonas, whereas we could scrape by with our wing rotation if DeRozan or Ross missed time.

    • DDayLewis

      They could waive Buycks to open another roster spot

      • noname

        and maybe pull a trade…it’s Masai, ya can’t even rule out a sign and trade with the heat for lebron james…

      • Joey Drummond

        Good point – thanks. In that case, let’s hope they can address both needs. VC and Blatche would be ok choices, even though I hate Blatche, but looking at the available FA crop he’s one of the best Cs out there.

        And yes, trades are always possible, but I feel like Masai is going to stand pat with the core at this point.

        • DDayLewis

          Agreed. It’s always possible to upgrade via trade during the year, but the team needs a little separation from the tax to make it happen. I don’t think Masai uses the full MLE and risks being pressed against it. Maybe he just fills out the roster with two more vet min dudes.

          • LuckyMystery

            Not sure how much this would really matter, but the way the 3 contracts are structured could save a few million on this years cap

            • DDayLewis

              Exactly. A little back-loading alleviates these problems.

    • LuckyMystery

      They will probably get both. Buycks is as good as gone. They have the mid level and the bi annual exceptions, and a trade exemption.

      I dont mind blatche, but would prefer to bring Ed Davis back.

      • Benjamin

        We already have a logjam at power forward, we need a centre or small forward.

    • KickPuncher

      We were very fortunate last season to not lose anyone to injury for an extended period.

  • raptorholic

    Wouldn’t be surprised if we traded him before the season started.

    • De Colo

      Sigh

      • asifyouknow

        lol…God bless, man I never heard so much garbage…lol

        • De Colo

          It’s just complete stupidity, my teams are all over the place (Dolphins, Raptors, Mariners) and you get these fans everywhere so I’m used to it but some people reach a new level of stupid.

          • asifyouknow

            Amen brother,,, amen..

    • Johnny

      this would only happen if BC was still GM

    • webfeat

      It would only make sense if the raps got a PG prospect in return.

    • DDayLewis

      Can’t until mid-December

    • asifyouknow

      I think that may be the plan…you may be right…never thought of that…

  • Tyler Loyal

    Looks like Asifyou was wrong again

    • Danny Tam

      Let’s hope he goes into hiding for a while.

      His tweet to GV about getting paid and leaving was priceless though, I’ll give him that.

      • Steverino

        I actually like Asifyouknow. He’s passionate and has a good sense of humour about his mistakes. I’m glad he was wrong on this, though.

        • KickPuncher

          But does he have to be wrong all the time, haha.

      • asifyouknow

        It was not about leaving but it was about getting paid…he got a few kids .. good for him…13 mill is a good pay day..

        • Thomas Smith

          Every player in the NBA should get paid. There should be no salary cap. Screw giving up money for the sake of the owner, I mean team, winning. If MJ made 30 mil in the 90s, James should be getting 40 a year. I hope the players realize how much they are being screwed and when the collective bargaining expires we see a revolt.

          • Microaggressive

            MJ got that one year deal to make up for the long term contract he signed early in career for $3 million per season which allowed the Bulls to stack their team.

    • asifyouknow

      Very glad I was “WRONG” you have no clue how close I was to having to buy a Bucks jersey..lol…my boy got paid and I’m happy for him. That means he will be a 25 plus minute player…

      • Louvens Remy

        yo. keep up the good posts. people on here can be a little overprotective and over dramatic about “being right”. Gravy’s back, thats all that matters.

  • jjdynomite

    Part of me feels GV was inked so all 3 returnees could be on the press conference podium tomorrow, as it’s the first day signings become official.

    Another part of me thinks Masai just didn’t want to wait any longer with the price of RFAs rising by the minute (Parsons $15 million/year from the Mavs, WTF!)

    Anyway, a couple milion in excess here-and-there for a contributing player — who has proven himself valuable to the team on the court and in the locker room — isn’t a huge issue, especially with the $20 million of sunk costs like Fields, Hayes and Williams coming off the cap next off-season.

    P.S. asifyouknow, the collective dick of RaptorsRepublic is ready for you to suck, mas cerveza por favor.

    • webfeat

      GV was inked because he was a big part of the team’s success last year. The chemistry and dynamic would be seriously altered without him.

      • jjdynomite

        Yes, but GV could also have accepted an offer for the mid-level for 4 years (at $23+ million) that guys like Hawes are getting, which would have dented Masai’s future flexibility — that would have been a Colangelo move. We don’t know about offer sheets from competing teams until they are, well, offered. That’s why we get these clusterfuck megabuck offers for Parsons and Hayward out of the blue.

        GV did the Raptors a favour by signing a short term deal. And yes he’s great for chemistry, but as long as a player is neutral personality-wise and has talent and growth potential (say, 2Pat), I’d take him over a talented headcase any day (BLATCHE). Greivis is a quality backup PG and an awesome community asset, but skill-wise he is pretty much what he is.

        • asifyouknow

          And so sayith the lord !
          And the Lord was wise and talked and talked and talked and made no sense. Amen!

  • Xtremenator1

    Whoa there bud! Based on my math, that’s nearly 7 Mill a year? Then again its not my money so why as a fan should I care? My goodness. Oh yeah, ya truly love Toronto alright… Sounds to me like Masai didn’t have any other options than Vasquez (especially with Nando gone), so he had to pay him more than he would like, and Vasquez knew this and used it as leverage to get a bigger contract. At least it’s short term and if things go to worst I am sure Masai can trade him to the Knicks for two future first round picks. It is good to see the entire core of the team back for the foreseeable future though, which was the main priority going into next year anyways. Although with the addition of Williams, its not like theyre a contender. Unless Bruno becomes an athletic Mbah A Moute over night, we’re still going to need someone to fend the wing.

  • Mexiballer

    I will say one thing for Vasquez. He has done everything that has been asked of him. He’s listened to the coaches and adjusted his game. He has accepted being Lowry’s back up. Hes a great locker room guy and has always been positive. His worked at improving his defense. ( sigh) He’s gone to community functions and represented the Raptor wells. He’s openly admitted that he wasnt playing well and that he would change and get better…and he did. He loves the city…he loves the fans…he loves the team.

    So as much as it does seem like and probably is an over pay, when you look at the whole package and what Masai is trying to create in Toronto, I can understand it better in those terms.

  • c_bcm

    Huzzah!

  • ckh26

    Lets see if its a fully guaranteed deal in year 2. Raps don’t disclose terms before actual signing. Lots becomes clearer tomorrow. That 2M more than plan I believe. Still leaves us with the full MLE for non taxpayers but we move up very close to the luxury tax line of 77M with this.

  • rapierraptor

    It’s really awesome when a guy loves and appreciates the city that comes out and supports him every night. That’s Vasquez through and through. I like the deal. Fair to both sides. Good dollar amount for Gravy and good year length/moveability for Raps.

  • Jamshid

    This is an awful deal and I can not believe some people here are defending it and think it is still a good deal Well, I guess people don’t change.

    I gave MU credit for his last two signing of this off season BUT this one is an awful over pay by almost 45% of what he is really worth which is 4.5 million.

    The funny part of it all is G.V. tweet: ” I truly love Toronto” loooool, sure Pal, can you be any more dishonest and fake !!!

    • rapierraptor

      Why do you think he’s being so dishonest and fake? Please include a thesis statement with evidence to support your arguments.

    • Ogi

      I’d agree if it was a four year deal, but at two years? No harm done. Not the best deal but not awful

      • asifyouknow

        A two year is an easy one to get rid of…This will prove to be a great deal for both..Now the season..

    • De Colo

      Nothing wrong with truly loving Toronto but still wanting to get paid, other then winning a championship, getting paid is kind of the main goal right?

      • asifyouknow

        lmao…

    • bizzy

      How u know hes being fake, cuz u know him rite bruh. Gtfo here with that garbage. Vasquez was one of the reasons we got as far as we did. He’ll continue to improve with the team. Crying over a mill or two extra is nothing compared to that ridiculous chris bosh offer by Houston.

    • LuckyMystery

      Players hate making the playoffs, and seeing fans with passion when they do.

    • asifyouknow

      God bless you man, there is no crime in being the idiot that you are. Hope you don’t have to go through life hating . Get to your local church and get some of that hate out of you. Or just go get drunk and run into a tree…. :)

      • YourBoss

        What a moronic and idiotic response. Take your own advice and run into a tree.

    • DrDeRozan

      Overpay? Sure, I would agree he is slightly overpaid, but for a shorter term and long term flexibility, I think Masai did a good job compromising there.

      I do however think you are incorrect about him being dishonest and fake about loving T.O. I truly believe Vasquez wants to be here, and he has said that since day 1.

      It’s a good move by Masai in my opinion and I think it’s a moveable contract if things don’t pan out.

    • 2damkule

      you have to pay a premium (in AAV) on shorter deals; the player is giving up long-term security, and to assuage that, the annual hit is a bit higher.

      your valuation of him seems at the low end, all things considered…i don’t think it was ever possible to re-sign him for what you think he’s worth ($4.5M).

  • rapierraptor

    P.s. Props to Zarar on getting this write up out within 20 minutes of the Woj bomb, if not sooner.

  • brother

    I don’t HATE the signing, BUT it IS an overpay. More than Shaun Livingston? There were national US in game packages about how valuable Livingston’s resurgence was to the Nets run. His length. His defense. Yada yada. There weren’t any national pieces on Vasquez that I recall. In other words, no way Vasquez is perceived around the league as higher value than Livingston. Overpay. Short term deal yes and no I can’t think of anybody else I’d rather have at that spot (who’s available for like-dollars), but an overpay nonetheless.

    In all of the Republic’s writeups and podcasts, I never heard 6.5 mill even as a joke. I was thinking 5 as a max and I probably picked that up here. Based on all comps, I think that’s a better number. That extra 1.5 that Vasquez takes could be the difference between a scrub and an NBA-quality seventh man off the bench. Think about that before you high five Ujiri on this one.

    • De Colo

      Toronto has never been talked about nationally but all the national media wanted the Nets to be really good having KG and Pierce and all those other poster childs, so of course the Nets and their players will get more attention then Toronto players.

      • brother

        Absolutely, but that’s the league’s perception as well. Everybody’s influenced by the talking heads, fans and GMs around the league both. The more eyeballs and people talking about you, the higher your market value. So when espn.com and TNT are telling Shaun Livingston “value” stories and they don’t on the Vasquez front, the relative salary is impacted. Oh and in my opinion, talking up Livingston’s value de-values the contributions of Pierce and Garnett and friends.

        • De Colo

          I’m sure GM’s do their own research and don’t just listen to what the media feeds them and i don’t need an article on Vasquez for me to be supportive, i use my eyes to know that without him, we lose to the Nets in 5 games. If you go back and watch the series, it’s pretty obvious that he is way more important then some people think, and if you have to overpay by about a million for a back up competent PG(which is not always easy to find all the time) who can also play the 2 guard if need be, you will realize that the Raptors had to step up the $$$ because i know the Bucks would of offered him a starting spot which is what he was looking for in the 1st place but stayed because he loves the city and loves playing for these fans and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that and I love him for it.

        • jjdynomite

          You do realize KG was brutal this season — when he was actually healthy enough to play — and Pierce’s stats really fell off (yes, he was mostly great against the Raps in the playoffs). But they played in the largest fucking media market in North America if not the world, hence the Livingston love fest.

          Livingston himself is solid, especially defensively, but can’t shoot outside the 3PT-line worth shit and isn’t the most creative passer — in other words, he’s pretty much the OPPOSITE of Greivis in terms of skill base.

          Fact is, Livingston signed early in the FA period, he should have held out. I am SURE that GV would get way more (he led the league in assists in New Orleans) with all the non-Lebron/non-Melo teams with tonnes of cap space and RFAs like Hayward and Parsons getting insane offers — tens of millions more than if they re-upped before the off-season.

          If you hate the dollar figure just be happy it’s only a 2-year deal (as opposed to ALL for BC’s deals, and for every value long-term signing like Amir and DeMar there were doubly garbage long-term signings like Bustnani, TurkeyGlue, Fields, Kapono, etc. etc.) Geez, some of you want Masai to walk on water. I’m sure he’d rather have Tyler Ennis for $1.5 million/season, but what the fuck can you do sometimes.

        • Truth Teller

          If GMs took the opinions of ESPN and TNT seriously, they would get fired in a year.

          • brother

            So your angry theory is that GMs are perfectly rational and aren’t influenced by the media Good call. That explains the kinds of contracts that get thrown around in free agency. Primarily, for the angry Vasquez supporters, the main point I’m making is that I’m surprised by the as heretofore unmentioned and previously considered impossible $6.5 million a year our oft derided Vasquez just pulled down.

            Going into this, I didn’t read a single post or article anywhere claiming Gravy was worth that kind of cash. Now that our messiah Masai (who I love) has inked the deal, everybody’s claiming “worth it”. Where were you last week? Or February?

            • moderate_observer

              GM’s have a tonne of scouts and other talking heads around them to help them evaluate a player. Sports coverage is not much different from hollywood tabloid stuff, all hype, from unidentifiable ‘sources’. A lot of gossip from grown men. I think any smart GM would take anything from the media with a huuuge grain of salt or ignore it completely. A lot of athletes and insiders in the sports industry don’t follow sports news so have very little knowledge on what the media is raving about, unless it directly affects something on their team. All that noise can really bring a lot of negativity and harm your game. I dont know about 6.5 mill but with so many teams needing guards i wouldnt be surprised if he got something close to that from someone else.

      • rapierraptor

        Plus the Livingston injury comeback story is ready-made for national consumption. Just from watching the playoffs last year I’d agree that there is no way Vasquez should be making more than Livingston but the length of the deal makes it work for me and Lowry needs a 2nd vocal leader. Vasquez provides that.

    • webfeat

      The $5M number was often mentioned in combination with a three year contract. For some reason Ujiri seems to only want GV for two years and had to pay a premium to get it. Maybe that 3M is the price Ujiri was willing to pay to sign a big name in 2016-17. Maybe he thinks that money’s gonna be important to extend Demar when he declines his PO.

      • brother

        I agree with you. Ujiri is playing the long game with an eye to re-signing important players and extensions all the while maintaining flexibility (the the extent that you can do that). Yes 2 years is MUCH better than 3. And yes as others have mentioned, getting in while you still can given the glut of cap space cleared for the likes of Bosh and James and Melo is probably a good idea.

      • asifyouknow

        Just so you know ..The two years had to do with Vaz wanting to become a starter, he knows Kyle is the man for four here. Vaz will be 29 when he is done with the contract.. Why did they pay him 13? because other teams stepped up.

    • Minks77

      We already run 8 deep on NBA quality players. Just the bench: Lou, GV, PP.

      I agree seems a little steep but Ben Gordons corpse just got 4.5 guaranteed plus one and Jodi meeks got the same as GV and an extra year. I’d rather have GV than JM. Also once lebron shits or gets off the pot teams will be scrambling to fill out rosters with all that cap space they are currently sitting on. Once that happens anyone sniffing GV levels is gonna get PAID.

      LAstly, Livingston got press because its a great story AND he plays in the rotten Apple. Ala Anderson got more pub down there than GV. Convenient thing they leave out about SL? Can’t shoot reliably and is NOT a good man up defender. Decent help D and can play on a string or those hybrid zones but post him up or take him off the dribble isn’t a problem.

    • GoingBig

      Yup, an overpay.
      Don’t think it will affect the next signing if there’s some structuring going on in Lowry’s and Patterson’s contracts.
      It hurts but it’s not a big hurt that affects the chemistry of the team.

    • lewro

      i agree. i expected a 3yr/15m contract. 2yr/14m is a compromise for both parties. not the best case scenario but it makes sense. they are not contenders but want to keep continuity. masai can’t hit them all out of the park but this is still a solid hit.

    • moderate_observer

      everybody and their uncle who plays in New York gets national press in the U.S and NBA news. JR Smith’s brother got more national press than everybody on the Raptors team not called Kyle Lowry or Demar DeRozan. Everyone who plays in the big apple with the exception of Joe Johnson, Carmelo and Paul Pierce is overrated. Vasquez is more a vital piece to the Raptors than Livingston was to the Nets or is to the Warriors, since he will be playing behind Curry and Thompson, so paying more to keep him instead of losing him and trying to integrate a new backup to play those vital minutes, is worth it.

  • Minks77

    getting that Jodi Meeks money, real talk son! lol

    Glad he’s back. Great insurance if KLow goes down, the 2 guard lineup was pretty beastly and lets face it: Every squad needs a through and through heat check guy. Now we got two. GV ain’t perfect but I like him. He’ll be a winning addition to any club more than a problem. Plus he’s all hearting Toronto and you can go shoot treys with him at the Pan Am countdown thing this weekend.

    • KickPuncher

      We already had one of the best backcourts in the East. Having Vasquez as an option off the bench is HUGE.

      • afrocarter

        And add Lou Williams to the mix and you perhaps have something truly special/terrifying. This season will be interesting, to say the least!

    • afrocarter

      “getting that Jodi Meeks money, real talk son!” LMAO you win

  • raptorspoo

    Not because they’re paying more?

    I’ll beg to differ… as I think everyone else (non-Raptor related) around the league was thinking Lowry will sign for a max of $12mil/year and I don’t think anyone saw $13mil/2yrs for GV coming – a backup pg that is.

    • raptor pee

      have you even seen what other teams are paying for FAs now? almost no players are signing for what fans deem theyre worth or ‘expect’ them to be paid. its been going like this for years now…. isnt it time fans realize “overpaying” is the new standard rate, therefore not making it overpaying anymore (to an extent)?

      so no it is not because theyre paying more. every team is paying more for basically every FA thats at least decent. this is how salaries increase over time. remember back in the day when a guy getting a 2 million dollar deal was huge money? lol. each year a new bar is gradually set. get with the times

  • Kate C

    YAY!! Okay, that doesn’t add a lot to the dialogue, but I am happy about this. Will be a fun team again next year!

  • asifyouknow

    WELL DESERVED:

    This is a great deal for both Greivis and Toronto. Even though I see lots of grumbling about 13 mill being too much people need to understand that for the first time since his rookie year Vasquez will come into a camp in shape and healthy, NO FOOT PEOBLEMS and as you may well know a bad foot and basketball don’t mix well.

    Vazquez coming into this season will prove to be a barging. He will be better than he was after the all-star game, let me say it again so those of you who don’t like me can have something to talk about, Greivis Vasquez will be a different and better player than you seen post all-star.

    My first prediction post signing.

    The reason for the two year deal was because Vaz still feels that he can be a starter in the NBA, so this gives him an out at 29 years old to go and get one.

    I believe this had nothing to do with the Raptors not wanting to give him a longer deal. This was about money, his role on Casey’s team and wanting to get an opportunity to start in a few years. The good thing for Toronto is that a two year deal is easy to trade so if things don’t go well this year they can easily dump him.

    Raptors understand that Kyle’s style is very bowling like, you know, rolling over everything, Kyle has a high risk of being injured, Vaz gives them a guy who can not only back-up multiple spots but can also lead an offense. There are lots of back-up point guards out there but not many who can lead a squat, just ask the Miami Heat .

    Now all they need is a -big ass- wing, a northern territory real man to put a body on those slashers.

    The best part about this is that Vaz sincerely loves to be in Toronto, you can see this is not a bull shit public relation stunt, he really loves it here, he stayed for all the festivities after the season while most other players took off.

    That you tell the fans something. This going to be a good team next year and maybe get a chance for Durant the season after next.

    Felicitaciones Sr. Vasquez and Congrats Toronto.

    • De Colo

      Heat don’t even have a starting PG who can lead the team

    • Benjamin

      Yo can you predict that Lebron won’t sign with us for the veteran’s minimum? All your predictions have been wrong so far so I think we can take advantage of that.

    • jjdynomite

      I am glad you smoked some Texan ganja this evening asifyouknow, because you actually sound like a chill and appreciative fan of the team instead of a naysaying douchebag that you have been throughout this entire free agency period.

      So congratulations on your about-face; now you can ask your Twitterbuddy Greivis for airfare to Toronto so you can watch him in-person throw alley-oops to Amir, Jonas and 2Pat.

      • asifyouknow

        I will actually be there for the Indy car race # 1 on a Saturday (cant stay for the Sunday one) to watch my other Latino hero Juan Pablo Montoya.. I’m sure you will have something negative to say about him….

        • jjdynomite

          Sorry, man, all I know about Indy Car is three days of annoying buzzing sounds when I used to rent in downtown Toronto. I don’t care if the drivers are Latinos or martians, I have no interest following a sport in which you need heavy machinery to win anything.

      • asifyouknow

        He got paid and I’m glad for him…Patterson got paid and I’m glad for him..Casey got paid and I’m not happy for him…lol

      • afrocarter

        Send somma dat Texas shrubbery my way when you get the chance…!

    • Johnson

      So no mention of being COMPLETELY WRONG (again). Expected.

      … Why do you continue to make predictions? Do you have any sense of dignity? Fuck you.

      • asifyouknow

        Again great language choice, you will go far in life I’m sure ,,congrats..

        • Johnson

          Because people who swear don’t go far in life? Everyone swears dumbfuck unless you’re gandhi. Also I have already gone further in life than a loser troll who spams forums/comment sections all day with childish bullshit and predictions that are always wrong so……. fuck you

      • Louvens Remy

        the hell is wrong with u boy? he made a prediction. so what? he was wrong and he admits it. this whole site is full of speculations and false theories. who cares?

        • Johnson

          He corrupting the site and taking away from any attempt at intelligent, reasonable discussion. And he is one of the ones who posts the most so i always have to see his shit. if he was wrong the first 97 times why the hell would he be right the next time? also hes an obvious troll

      • webfeat

        He did mention it earlier in the comments:

        ‘Very glad I was “WRONG” you have no clue how close I was to having to buy a Bucks jersey..lol…my boy got paid and I’m happy for him. That means he will be a 25 plus minute player…’

    • Mexiballer

      Why dont you get out of the prediction business. You just sound more then goofy trying to predict or analyze anything. You were completely wrong about both Kyle and Grieves. Give it up.

  • Ioan Popescu

    Good signing. We now have 14 players on the roster with a total cap hit of $72,554,896 (including Marcus Camby buyout) considering all deals are structured evenly over their duration. This leaves us with sufficient cap flexibility to sign a MLE this year as well as major free agents in 2015-16 with Fields, Hayes, and Williams coming off the books for a potential $17,400,000. This was a great off-season for the Raptors, re-signing all of our important core players to reasonable contracts while shedding anyone not involved in future plans (Novak, Salmons, Stone, De Colo [although I liked him/Moscow offered more he was a third string point guard at the end of the day]).

    The last two years have arguably been the most productive back-to-back off-seasons in franchise history if you consider where we were after the 2012-13 season. We cleared up long term cap flexibility while maintaining a play-off quality roster in the short term while ALL of our current core players are 22-29 and are either approaching or in the primes of their careers.

  • GoingBig

    Here’s a discussion of the PG market from Sports Illustrated – Still a lot of teams shopping for PGs
    http://www.si.com/nba/2014/07/03/kyle-lowry-free-agency-point-guard-market

  • RaptorsInThisBitch

    Salary cap update plz….love u guyz

  • asifyouknow

    DeMar DeRozan ‏@DeMar_DeRozan 2h

    Glad to have the swaged out @greivisvasquez back! Congrats brotha!!! #RapNation

    Greivis Vasquez ‏@greivisvasquez 2m

    @DeMar_DeRozan thanks mi hermano…

  • CashGameND

    Too much money in my opinion, he could’ve been had for less. And yes I get that you pay more for shorter term, but we still paid too much.

    But in the end I’m still happy cause I wouldn’t rather anybody else at backup PG next year. So… take the good with the bad I guess. Just think its questionable decision by the GM, that I think is getting overlooked by a lot of people because they like the player.

    • Ioan Popescu

      Considering the term of his contract the number isn’t too much. It doesn’t hinder our cap flexibility at all this year (have 14 out of 15 roster spots filled with 5 mill in cap remaining) or the next, seeing as we’re about to shed ~$18 million from Fields, Hayes, Williams (maybe one of them will be re-signed on the low – Williams is the only one I see that has any hope) compounded with the fact that the luxury cap will again increase which will predictably leave us with $20+ mill to spend in free agency a year from now. Just enough for a max contract.

      • CashGameND

        An extra 1 or 2 mil per year is still an extras-2 mil. That money can be the difference in getting a player we could use. It may not look like it right now but things change and opportunities present themselves in free agency and trades that we possibly could use that money for

        • Ioan Popescu

          It doesn’t apply for this year, seeing as we already have 14/15 spots filled along with an additional 5 mill for the MLE. Next year is going to be less of an issue considering we’ll have enough cap space to offer a max contract while still having 10/15 current core players retained. Don’t see your point at all.

  • Louvens Remy
  • Amigo

    “I love Toronto” and 2 mil more on my contract because of it. Now this is the same team of last year 1st round exit. Do your math. In 2 years will see were Boston/Philly will be at compared to consecutive1st round exits

    • noname

      no it’s not…not at all. We added a big backup 3 that can help the bench defense greatly. At the press conference this morning Ujiri said that Demar and Ross are already putting in work and so is Kyle, and another year of experience (especially playoff experience) will help greatly, same with JV. Plus we now have 2 prospects that will come in handy in a few years, we got players that will continue to work hard and get better. We’re young. We fans have every reason to believe and expect improvement from the raptors this season. I honestly think the raps will finish with around 55-60 wins and be the second seed this year behind only the Cavs or Heat, whichever team Lebron goes to. Yes if Lebron goes back to cleveland they will be the first seed because he will have more help over there than he did with miami this year, plus I think Indiana is fucked after what has happened to them this year.

  • BraLLer

    Slightly unrelated. Parsons signs offer sheet with mavs. Rockets get bosh if LBJ leaves. No money for Carter in Dallas. Boom! Raptors got a shot with their MLE.