Canada’s only team has finally nabbed their first Canadian player in their franchise’s existence. Jamaal Maglorie is coming to play for the Raptors.
Maglorie will likely be used to fill the space that is left by Jonas Valanciunas’, who is spending one more season in Lithuania before starting his career in Toronto. Maglorie will add to an already tough post rotation that includes Amir Johnson, Ed Davis, and hopefully Reggie Evans.
Maglorie anticipates the opportunity to play for his country’s NBA team and even made a hint at returning the team to the early 00′s glory days.
“It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time [to play in Canada] and now it’s starting to come,”
It’s very important to me,” he said. “I want to leave some kind of legacy behind and going into my 12th year there’s not much of a window left.
“And I think there’s a great opportunity to resurrect my career and to do it in the right way, in the right place.”
I see opportunity, not only for myself but for the team,” he said. “There’s opportunity for us to get back to where it was when the Raptors first started with the energy and the excitement that we had when Vince Carter was playing and TMac was playing.”
“I am the hockey player of this team,” Magloire said. “I’m the one that is gritty, that will work hard, that will do whatever it takes to get wins at the end of the day.”
On the court Maglorie will provide toughness and veteran leadership that the Raptors are looking for and has the potential to be a solid center with the increase in minutes he should receive. Maglorie isn’t the most flashy signing but it was a signing that the Raptors needed to make.