Without any fanfare, veteran guard Darrick Martin has re-signed with the Raptors.
The 11-year NBA veteran penned a one-year deal with the team on Tuesday night, giving the Raptors a full roster of 15 players heading into training camp on Tuesday in Waterloo.
Martin, who averaged 2.6 points, 1.4 assists and 0.43 steals in 40 games last season, is valued as a dependable point guard and a mentor to young players on the team.
"This is where I wanted to be," Martin said yesterday. "I enjoy the team, the organization, and I think Bryan (Colangelo) has made some amazing changes."
Martin, who has known head coach Sam Mitchell for years, going back to their playing days, is excited about the club's potential heading into the 2006-07 season.
"I was just saying to Sam, we've got a few more bullets in the gun," he said. "It will be an exciting year."
SOW FEELING BETTER
Veteran forward Pape Sow has deep-sixed his neck brace and is eager to begin training with the Raptors.
Sow suffered a neck injury at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July and underwent neck surgery. Although there is no firm date for his return, the Senegal native is hopeful he'll be back soon.
"I can do anything I want," Sow said. "I've already started working out, lifting, shooting, running ... the doctor just told me to take my time coming back, don't rush anything."
The Raps' big fear is if Sow falls again and hits his head.
The Raptors unveiled their new red and white uniforms yesterday -- which emphasizes the team's pride in being the NBA's only Canadian team. Other noticeable changes to the uniform include the addition of red trim on the white home jerseys and the claw replacing the Raptor logo.