January 4, 2012
Raps' Alabi headed to D-League
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Solomon Alabi is heading back to the NBA Development League.
The 7-foot-1 centre was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBADL on Wednesday. He will still be included on Toronto's roster, but will be placed on the inactive list.
Alabi made three trips to the D-League last season, totalling 22 games, where he averaged 7.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.8 bloocks per game in 18.5 minutes.
Alabi has only managed to get off of the Raptors' bench once this season and played 12 games for the club last season.
Head coach Dwane Casey recently told the Toronto Sun that Alabi desperately needed playing time in order to develop.
“Really, Solo needs to play more than anything else to learn the NBA game and adjust to the speed,” Casey said.
"A summer league would have been great for him. All the workout drills don’t really help him (as much as game situations).”
On Wednesday, Casey said backup point guard Jerryd Bayless is day-to-day with a sore ankle, while centre Aaron Gray also remains day-to-day. Forward Linas Kleiza continues to work his way back from off-season surgery and is doing offensive drills without defenders, but still needs to be cleared by his doctors in Colorado before he can fully scrimmage.
Meanwhile, Raptors have three players listed on this year's NBA all-star ballot — Andrea Bargnani, Jose Calderon and DeMar DeRozan.