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    Default Aaron Gray Resigned

    Just saw this from Wojnarowski

    Adrian Wojnarowski: Gray will sign a two-year agreement with the Raptors, source says.

    https://twitter.com/WojYahooNBA/stat...78800382447618

    Hope it's official soon!

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    Sweet! thanks for the update

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    Lol just about to post this. MVP!!!

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    Gray, statistically was one of the worst players in the NBA last year according to 82games.com mostly due to his propensity to foul. http://www.82games.com/1112/11TOR17.HTM
    There's a reason he was available last year and again this year. A 2 year contract for someone like that is a mistake.

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    Quote pakdawgie wrote: View Post
    Gray, statistically was one of the worst players in the NBA last year according to 82games.com mostly due to his propensity to foul. http://www.82games.com/1112/11TOR17.HTM
    There's a reason he was available last year and again this year. A 2 year contract for someone like that is a mistake.
    stats don't lie BUT Gray is a useful matchup player. He makes every one of those fouls count.
    Dwight Howard HATES playing against him.
    "I may be wrong ... but I doubt it"

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    Quote charlz wrote: View Post
    stats don't lie BUT Gray is a useful matchup player. He makes every one of those fouls count.
    Dwight Howard HATES playing against him.
    Actually, stats can be misleading due to poor stat selection. Sure, Gray fouls a lot, but in a composite stat like WP he still comes out as an above-average center, despite his high foul rate, because of his very good rebounding (and average shooting).
    http://www.thenbageek.com/players/208-aaron-gray

    Great pickup for the (presumed) price!!

    P.S. Sure, McGee is better (a better scorer and a better blocker) than Gray (still a better rebounder). But not enough better for what we would pay, in money, and headaches:
    http://www.thenbageek.com/players/co..._ids[]=116

    P.P.S. Interesting to note in the link above that both Ed Davis and Amir Johnson are better (and cheaper) than McGee and Hibbert.
    Last edited by Kuh; Sun Jul 8th, 2012 at 09:36 AM.

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    I just want to know how much? If it's a hair over $3 mil a season, then we overpaid for 6 fouls. I like Gray, good in your face 'who is this guy?' guy.


    nuff said.
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    Good resign, Gray is a solid back-up C.

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    are u kidding me? cant the raps do better than gray? WTF!!! His contract better be dirt cheap cus there are better FA centers out there.

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    Quote G-locity wrote: View Post
    are u kidding me? cant the raps do better than gray? WTF!!! His contract better be dirt cheap cus there are better FA centers out there.
    Which free agent C more effectively fill a backup role without expecting more than part-time minutes? Even if there are better free agents, they have to want to come here. Guys like Camby want to play for contenders in their twilight years, not come to a rebuilding team like Toronto. I like Gary re-signing, as an ideal compliment to Valanciunas.

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    Haters. Aaron Gray is MVP
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    you guys are kidding yourselves calling gray a "backup center" he is 5th big off the bench. bigv, bargs, ed, and amir are all above him in the depth chart. he fights with the big cat for garbage minutes and either one of them can foul out being big on howard and bynum. this is a good signing and i doubt it is for much money

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    Quote Miekenstien wrote: View Post
    you guys are kidding yourselves calling gray a "backup center" he is 5th big off the bench. bigv, bargs, ed, and amir are all above him in the depth chart. he fights with the big cat for garbage minutes and either one of them can foul out being big on howard and bynum. this is a good signing and i doubt it is for much money
    He's an ideal backup 'traditional' C, to play whenever there's a matchup issue against other traditional C (tall/big/heavy/strong) for Amir/Davis/Kleiza/JJ/Acy on the 2nd unit. He knows his role and knows he might play 5 mins per game for a few games straight, then be asked to come in an play 10-15 due to matchups.

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    Quote CalgaryRapsFan wrote: View Post
    He's an ideal backup 'traditional' C, to play whenever there's a matchup issue against other traditional C (tall/big/heavy/strong) for Amir/Davis/Kleiza/JJ/Acy on the 2nd unit. He knows his role and knows he might play 5 mins per game for a few games straight, then be asked to come in an play 10-15 due to matchups.
    exactly. but some people on here write "backup" and think he is first off the bench. he knows his role and plays it.

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    Quote Miekenstien wrote: View Post
    exactly. but some people on here write "backup" and think he is first off the bench. he knows his role and plays it.
    I suppose that positionally he's the 2nd C, but he's probably in the 9-11 range for minutes played. I think that speaks to the flexibility BC likes, especially on the 2nd unit - basically have 6 players for 5 spots: pure C (Gray), C/PF (Amir/Davis), PF (Acy), PF/SF (Kleiza), SG (Ross), PG (Calderon). Depending on matchups and whether they want a bigger lineup or smaller lineup, they have lots of versatility.

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    Haters! Aaron Gray was our starting center last year and Gray will be our starter next year for at least a month or two until Casey is comfortable with Val starting. He's a solid backup center in the NBA who will rebound and doesn't foul out. As long as it's a cheap contract, I would love Gray back as a backup to Val.

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    Wheres Rasho when you need him?

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    He is perfect for the job - cone in and push hard on the other team's big, foul him 5 times and tire him out so our small bigs can survive. 82games is missing the point if he is a weaker player because he fouls. That's like calling your goon a bad player because he gets in fights!

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    Exactly. In many ways, his job IS to foul out! It may not look like anything on a stat sheet, but it can change the tone and outcome of a game. he's more about sending a message and clearing space than anything you'll see on a stat sheet. I'm happy to have him back.

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    Gray fits the team well, and now that he's staying BC won't have to overpay someone else to come play behind JV.
    Besides, in interviews he always struck me as nice, and as someone who gets along with everyone.

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