TORONTO - On Wednesday, Gary Forbes became the second Raptor in a week to step off of a plane and right on to the practice court.
Following the lead of fellow swingman Rasual Butler, Forbes joined his new teammates immediately, arriving knowing that the Denver Nuggets had declined to match a multi-year offer sheet tabled by the Raptors.
The well-travelled native of Panama said he is happy to have found a home after playing all over the place in recent years.
“Ya, my road has not been the easiest, (but) I wouldn’t give back those experiences for nothing in the world,” said Forbes, who averaged 9.5 points in 11 starts for Denver last season.
“A road without obstacles doesn’t lead you anywhere, so I’m glad I went through those things.
Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said he was surprised that Denver let the 6-foot-7, 220 pound Forbes go.
Casey said Forbes can create his own shot playing at three different positions and is a quality shooter.
“He’s a classy young man, a good addition to our program,” Casey said.
“I knew about him because he kicked our butts in Dallas last year. He came out and lit us up at Denver and played a heck of a game.”
Canadian basketball fans also know Forbes thanks to his 39-point performance against the national team this summer.
“I heard one of the coaches (former Canadian head coach Leo Rautins, a Raptors analyst) retired after that, so I guess I can put that on my resume,” Forbes said.