Trans. Jul 17 10:10 ET (Jul 17 10:10 ET ) The Toronto Raptors officially announced free-agent forward James Johnson has re-signed. Financial terms of the two-year deal were not disclosed, but the deal is reportedly worth $5 million. Guard Greivis Vasquez also signed a two-year contract reportedly worth $13 million. Johnson spent parts of two seasons with the Raptors in 2010-11 and 2011-12, but had issues with coach Dwane Casey and was ultimately benched.
Patrick Patterson saw the Raptors bring back guards Kyle Lowry and Greivis Vasquez and coach Dwane Casey, and he wanted to stay along for the ride. So the 6-foot-9 forward re-signed with Toronto for a reported $18 million over three years in the hope that this past season's playoff run was just the start of something good. ''(We) still have that core group of guys that we can build on and have another successful year.'' The Raptors' turnaround began in December when they acquired Patterson, Vasquez, John Salmons and Chuck Hayes from Sacramento for Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy. In a statement announcing the deal over the weekend, general manager Masai Ujiri said the Raptors were ''very pleased with what Patrick brought to us both on the court and in the locker room last season.'' The feeling was mutual, so the 25-year-old restricted free agent felt little uncertainty about returning.
The Scoop:He was a restricted free agent, but there was never really a doubt he'd be coming back, especially after the Raptors traded away Steve Novak. Vasquez gets a hefty raise here from just $2.1 million last year, so the Raptors may have went a bit over market value for a backup point guard. They also dropped $48 million over four years for their starting Kyle Lowry. GV won't have much fantasy value as a backup. The Raptors also have brought in Lou Williams. Guess what their favorite position is this offseason.