Earlier this week, Jarrett Jack was signed to a 4 year deal, and it was only going to be a matter of time until Bryan Colangelo made his next move. It appears the "matter of time" was only a 3 day wait, as Rasho Nesterovic agreed to a 1 year, $1.9 million deal on Friday. Nesterovic signed what is a called the biannual exception under the NBA's salary cap.
This move has been much talked about, as Colangelo has publicly said Rasho is just what the team needs in the second unit. Rasho, 33, averaged 6.8 points and 3.4 rebounds last season with the Pacers, starting 19 of the 70 games he played in.
Nesterovic made it no secret he wanted to return to Toronto--in a recent interview, he said he never wanted to leave. Rasho was also getting looks from European teams, and may have even taken a paycut to be a Raptor again. Rasho will play backup center, and with him, Bargnani, Reggie Evans and Chris Bosh, the Raptors have an impressive front court.
I love this deal--the Raptors have signed a solid, veteran big man for cheap money. The bench looks to be getting much better, and the future looks increasingly brighter.
I believe the Raptors have around $5M left to spend, but it must be on a player the Raptors have the rights to. I'm guessing with this money, Bryan Colangelo will continue to pursue Carlos Delfino. If the front office decides not to use this $5M, the Raptors can sign whomever they wish--just at a veteran minimum. So, talent wise, bringing back Delfino makes the most sense.