Raps pick up Voskuhl

LANCE HORNBY AND FRANK ZICARELLI

, Last Updated: 7:41 AM ET

The worst-kept secret was made official yesterday, shortly after the Raptors were tripped up by the New Orleans Hornets.

Just prior to the matinee tip at the ACC, word began to leak that serviceable big man Jake Voskuhl would be added to the Raptors roster, a much-needed big on a team short on front-court players willing to bang and defend the paint.

About an hour after the Hornets' 99-91 win, the Raptors announced the free-agent signing of the 6-foot-11 Voskuhl.

A product of UConn, Voskuhl, who turned 31 last month, addresses a need that hasn't been addressed as a result of Toronto being right up against the league's salary threshold.

In the strange world that is the NBA's economics, the bean counters don't look at the books of the respective clubs until the end of the season, which gives the Raptors more than enough time to clear space.

With teams allowed to carry 15 bodies, the Raptors have gone with a 13-player look since the beginning of training camp.

JOSE'S THREES TREAT KIDS

Every Jose Calderon double-double this season will mean more money for Right To Play.

The Raptors point guard, a representative of the organization that promotes kids' athletics in developing and war-torn countries, will be donating $100 from each double-double to the cause. Also, a $10 portion of sales of his self-created trademark T-shirt will go to Right To Play.

NO REPEAT FOR MO PETE

Popular ex-Raptor Morris Peterson was counting on getting some more minutes on his old home court yesterday. But coach Byron Scott kept him on the bench as he recovers from a knee injury.

Peterson kissed the Raps logo at the ACC in his return last year. "It's always nice to go back to a place where it all started," Peterson told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.


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