Raptors find a voice

BILL HARRIS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 6:50 AM ET

There will be one new voice and one familiar voice coming from a different chair on Raptors radio broadcasts this season.

The Fan 590 announced yesterday that former analyst Paul Jones will shift over one seat and become the signature radio play-by-play voice of the club.

Longtime Fan staffer Eric Smith will be in the analyst's chair.

A vacancy was created when Paul Romanuk, who handled play-by-play last season, told The Fan he was not planning to return to the job because he is moving to England.

Jones was the radio analyst during the Raptors' first two seasons before switching to TV. He returned to radio last year.

Jones becomes the third radio play-by-play man in Raptors history, following Mike Inglis and Chuck Swirsky, who now calls Raptors games on television.

Smith has been the Raptors beat reporter for The Fan for the past several seasons.

Jones and Smith have co-hosted a Raptors post-game call-in show, as well as a weekly NBA show that is simulcast on Raptors TV.

FLORES FLAP

The Denver Post reported yesterday that the Raptors have some interest in 24-year-old, 6-foot-2 guard Luis Flores, who may be waived by the Nuggets. Raptors general manager Rob Babcock has said he wants to add a minimum-salary point guard, but he's willing to wait till just before training camp, if need be, to find the right guy at the right price.


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