Graham made inactive

FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 7:42 AM ET

Joey Graham's season of frustration continues.

With his minutes reduced, his role diminished and his prospects bleak, Graham was made inactive in the wake of the Raptors signing journeyman Linton Johnson to a 10-day contract.

Not that Graham was given any assurances of seeing the floor anytime soon, but Johnson's arrival has rendered Graham even more meaningless.

Entering last night's tip, Graham had nearly as many DNP-CDs as points.

He never saw the floor in back-to-back home games against Denver and Detroit and the chances of Graham getting meaningful minutes in the short term appear limited.

Johnson was given jersey No. 13, a number Jerome (Junk Yard Dog) Williams wore during his Toronto tenure.

Like Williams, Johnson will be asked to bring energy, athleticism and a defensive presence to the team, especially on the perimeter.

Johnson was Rasho Nesterovic's teammate for the 2005 San Antonio Spurs.

For Johnson, 10-day deals are nothing new, a fact of basketball life he accepts. "From team to team, a couple of words change but it's pretty much the same thing," he said.

ONE MO TIME

Tomorrow marks the return of Morris Peterson to Toronto following his free-agent move to the New Orleans Hornets.

Mo Pete was drafted by the Raptors, came of age in his rookie season by helping the team in its post-season drive and sacrificed his body each time he touched the hardwood.

He could finish in transition and never backed down from any defensive challenge.

Among Peterson's T.O. highlights was his Game 6 start against Philly in the 2001 Eastern semi-final, when he buried two decisive threes early in the fourth quarter.


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