Raptors' four new players arrive in town for practice

New Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson watches an optional workout at the Air Canada Centre...

New Toronto Raptors forward Patrick Patterson watches an optional workout at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Wednesday December 11, 2013. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:18 PM ET

The life of an NBA player can be an uncertain one.

In one place one minute, off to a new home the next — often with no advance warning.

Such was the case for the four new Raptors acquired from the Sacramento Kings in the Rudy Gay trade earlier this week.

Three of them — veterans Chuck Hayes and John Salmons along with Patrick Patterson, who is still on his rookie contract — met the media on Wednesday and explained how they got the news they were heading north of the border.

The affable Hayes, a powerfully built 6-foot-6, 250-pound centre (yes, he’s the league’s shortest pivot man by far), had been in the league since the 2005-06 season, but unlike the other three, had never been traded (the California native signed a free-agent deal with the Kings in 2011), so the move came as a significant shock.

“I got a phone call from my agent while I was watching football, and checking my fantasy football,” Hayes said.


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