Raps acquire Delfino

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

The mini United Nations that is the Toronto Raptors is getting even more of an international flavour.

A team that includes Americans, Spaniards, Slovenians, an Italian and a native of Senegal, just added an Argentinean, former Detroit Pistons guard Carlos Delfino.

Delfino, 24, was acquired yesterday from the Pistons in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2009 and 2011.

"Delfino is a bona fide NBA talent who has shown real flashes of playing at a high level," Raps general manager Bryan Colangelo said last night. "He should fit right into our system with his style of play and his versatility."

Colangelo said the acquisition of Delfino gives the Raptors some insurance at the shooting guard/small forward positions in case the club loses Morris Peterson to free agency. Peterson made $4.5 million US last season. Delfino, who plays a similar game, is slated to earn $1.9 million this season.

Like Peterson, Delfino is a decent defender, although his offensive numbers are not quite as good. He should, however, get more minutes with the Raptors than he got in Detroit.

The 6-foot-6, 230-pound Delfino was a first-round selection (25th overall) by the Pistons in 2003 and saw action in all 82 regular season games this past season, posting career highs in points (5.2), rebounds (3.2) and minutes (16.8). Delfino appeared in all 16 of Detroit's post-season contests.


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