Raptors president/general manager Bryan Colangelo confirmed yesterday that Morris Peterson's seven-season run with the Raptors is over.
"Mo was frustrated by his role (last season), but handled himself like a true professional," Colangelo said. "We wish him the best."
Colangelo said Peterson may have an opportunity to start elsewhere (likely Utah or New Orleans), something that was not going to happen here.
Peterson averaged 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and a steal in a franchise-high 542 games.
New addition Jason Kapono will wear Peterson's old number 24 jersey.
INDY ON THE CLOCK
Colangelo formally sent the Indiana Pacers an offer on restricted free-agent forward Maceo Baston yesterday morning.
The Pacers have seven days to match the offer on Baston, whom Colangelo said would add much-needed athleticism and shot-blocking to the team.
DEFENCE NEVER RESTS
Though the sharp-shooting Kapono was their marquee signing, Colangelo believes the team has also addressed its defensive and rebounding deficiencies through the potential signing of Baston and the trade for Carlos Delfino.
"We've gotten a lot better defensively," he said.
"Delfino is a young player that can rebound very well and defend his position."
Colangelo also said he anticipates internal improvement, particularly by forward Joey Graham.