Delfino likely done as a Rap

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 1:45 PM ET

The Raptors are expected to sign newcomers Roko Ukic and Nathan Jawai in the next few days, but veteran guard Carlos Delfino appears to be on the way out.

Delfino, who averaged career highs in points (9.0) and rebounds (4.4) last season for Toronto, likely will not return, even though he received a qualifying offer from the club last month. Delfino is a restricted free agent, meaning that Toronto would have the right to match any offer he receives. But the Raptors are unlikely to exceed the NBA salary cap to keep him.

The 6-foot-6 Argentine guard has garnered interest around the NBA, reportedly from the San Antonio Spurs and even his former team, the Detroit Pistons. Delfino had three inconsistent seasons with the Pistons and his trade to Toronto in June 2007 was not an unpopular move. There also is word that Delfino has been offered a huge contract by Khimik of the Russian League, for far more than anything he could get in the NBA.

TWELVE ARE SIGNED

Delfino's departure and the arrival of both Ukic, who will play for Croatia at the final Olympic qualifying tournament next week in Athens, and Jawai, whose draft rights were picked up by the Raptors in the T.J. Ford-Jermaine O'Neal trade earlier this month, would bring the number of players under contract in Toronto to 12. The Raptors signed utility forward Hassan Adams to a one-year deal earlier this week.

Ukic, the Raptors' second-round draft pick in 2005, played for Lottomatica Roma last year (on loan from Barcelona) and is expected to back up Jose Calderon at the point this season. General manager Bryan Colangelo said the Raptors and Ukic have agreed on a buyout with Barcelona and it's just a matter for the paperwork to clear before the 24-year-old signs with Toronto.

Colangelo also has worked out a buyout deal with Jawai's Australian Basketball League team, the Cairns Taipans, and is just waiting for FIBA, the governing body of world basketball, to sign off on it. When that happens, and Jawai is completely recovered from a groin strain, he will play for the Raptors in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Raptors open up the Summer League with a game tomorrow against Sacramento.

Also playing for the Raptors in the Summer League will be 6-foot-7 forward Joel Bosh, the brother of Toronto's all-star power forward Chris Bosh.

Joel Bosh, 22, played four seasons at Alabama State, helping the Hornets reached the NCAA tournament in 2005, and win the Southwest Athletic Conference regular-season championship in 2008.


Videos

Photos