Raptors release Douby

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

The Raptors released guard Quincy Douby yesterday, opening a roster spot for a possible future acquisition. The fourth-year NBA veteran had been on the inactive list since October 28 and did not appear in any regular-season games.

He averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 assists and 10.5 minutes in six pre-season outings.

Douby joined the Raptors on March 24, 2009 when he signed a 10-day contract. He appeared in seven games with the Raptors in the 2008-09 season, averaging 4.4 points, 1.0 assists and 10.4 minutes.

Nash for MVP

Raptors coach Jay Triano believes that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash deserves some early consideration for NBA MVP, an award he has won twice before. Nash, 35, is averaging 12.6 assists and 17.6 points for the high-flying Suns.

"If they continue to play the way they are, and it's because of him, you'd have to think about it for sure," said Triano, who coached Nash on the Canadian national team in years past.

"I'd like to find that cocoon that he's been hiding in. I'll tell you, for his age and the way he's kept himself in great shape, and the way that he's playing, and the way that he's moving right now, he certainly doesn't look like a guy who's that old.

"I remember when he won the NBA award and people (suggested) it should have been Shaq, and he backed it up with two games of plus 40 points in the playoffs," added Triano. "That's him. Tell him he can't do something or hint at something that he might not be good at, and he finds a way to get it done."


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