The Toronto Raptors have been one of the NBA’s biggest surprises this season, and one of the main reasons has been the trade that they made with the Kings. Toronto traded Rudy Gay to Sacramento in exchange for two key pieces in Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vazquez. Both players have made a big impact for the Raptors this season, and they would like to re-sign with the Raptors this season.
According to Shams Charania of RealGM.com, both players are very excited about the prospects of sticking with the Raptors.
“I wouldn’t mind staying with the Raptors at all,” Patterson told RealGM. “Toronto is a great city, and it has great basketball fans, which surprised me the most when I got here. I didn’t know the fan support was so great in Toronto.”
“If we stay together for three, four years … woo, this team will be scary,” Vasquez said. “We just got to stay humble.”
Patterson has played in 47 games this season with the Raptors, starting in seven of those appearances. He has averaged 8.6 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and has really helped stabilize the Raptors’ front-court. At just 25 years of age, he still has a bright future in the NBA and would add to the long-term plans for Toronto.
Vazquez has played in 60 games with the Raptors, starting five of those contests. He has averaged 9.6 points, 4.1 assists, and 2.2 rebounds per game, and has been a great backup point guard to Kyle Lowry. There is no doubt that the Raptors are happy with their point guard duo of Lowry and Vazquez, and want to keep them together long-term.
Overall, this is very good news for the Raptors and their franchise. They are in the best position that they have been in for quite some time, and are looking ahead to what appears to be a very bright future. The Raptors likely will get both of these guys back, and they will likely be on team friendly deals as well.