Mar 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Julyan Stone (10) against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Nuggets 117-100. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Julyan Stone, backup point guard, is a Rap

The Toronto Raptors have not yet made an official announcement, but sources say Julyan Stone will be joining the team from the Denver Nuggets. A tall point guard, Stone was wasting away on the Nuggs’ bench behind Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Presumably Masai Ujiri, Stone’s GM in Denver and now in Toronto, promised him a serious chance to make the Raps and play meaningful minutes. While nothing in his resume causes excitement, or even mild flutters (he went undrafted after 4 ho-hum years at UTEP), he appears to be the kind of low-risk, low-cost player Ujiri needs to stock up on.

Unless you’re a championship-grade team like San Antonio, having a cattle call training camp is a sound method for finding back of the rotation bodies. It’s not ideal, but if Ujiri can uncover enough rocks, he might find a few gems.

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  • Gerald

    I was on the Denver website. Alot of the fans were actually upset about this guy leaving. Apparently he’s a lockdown defender who was having a little trouble with his shot but there’s real promise there.

    • Newmarket_Brian

      Hi Gerald: Interesting! I’ll have a look myself. He better be able to defend, because he couldn’t score in college, which doesn’t bode well for his pro career. I wonder if he’s a good distributor.
      Thanks for commenting.