Barrett a travelling man

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:27 AM ET

The newest Raptor racked up a good chunk of frequent-flyer miles the past two days.

Second-year point guard Andre Barrett, signed to a 10-day contract yesterday, arrived in Toronto at about 4 p.m. after a cross-continent flight from Phoenix, where his second 10-day contract with the Suns expired Tuesday.

The Seton Hall product was with the Suns for a game against the SuperSonics in Seattle on Tuesday, before flying back to Phoenix.

With point guard Jose Calderon (Achilles tendinitis) placed on the inactive list yesterday, the Raptors were in the market for another floor general.

"He's pretty tired," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell said of Barrett before last night's game against the Detroit Pistons. "He went from coast to coast with no food."

The 5-foot-10 Barrett was the top pick in the 2005 D-League draft after going undrafted in the NBA.

He had cups of coffee with the Orlando Magic and Houston Rockets last season and played two games with Phoenix.

One of the guys who recommended Barrett to the Raptors was D-League executive and ex-Raptor Michael Curry.

Barrett said he learned quite a bit from Suns star point guard Steve Nash, Canada's, and maybe the continent's, best basketball player.

"For any point guard that wants to know the game or wants to learn the game, that's a great guy to follow behind because he does so many things a point guard should do," the New York native said. "It seems like when he is on the floor he does the right thing all the time."

It was pointed out to Barrett that the last New York point guard to play for the Raptors was Rafer Alston. That didn't work out so well.

"It worked out (financially) for (Alston)," Barrett said with a smile.

BIG NIGHT

The Raptors are holding what they are billing as their biggest promotion in team history tomorrow night -- FANapalooza -- during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Raptors will hand out more than 400 prizes.


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