Stone signs with Raptors

According to Yahoo!Sports.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets free agent Julyan Stone has reached an agreement with the Toronto Raptors on a two-year contract. The second year of the deal is a team option. This concludes Stone’s short tenure in Denver where he was largely viewed as defensive-minded fan favorite at point guard. Stone was one of the more polite players on the roster the last several years and certainly one of the more driven; however, injuries kept him from ever seeing the type of playing time he likely deserved. Woj is reporting he’ll compete for the backup point guard position in Toronto.

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  • herpderpnuggets

    nuggets pg position was getting congested with the draft of green, wish stone wouldve stayed our team is getting way too deep as it is

  • http://Twitter.com/A_Rodriguez8 D3Ntilthe3ND

    I really liked Stone’s game, but I’m okay with the move since he’s always injured.

    I don’t know why, it probably shouldn’t, but it rubs me the wrong way that Masai scooped him up.

    • Ernie

      I thought Stone and AI in the backcourt was amazing to watch defensively for the very brief time they shared the court. But the Nugs had plenty of time to sign Stone if they wanted to. The fact that it ended up being Toronto after the Denver didn’t do anything shouldn’t make you feel Masai did something dirty.

      Now, Pete trying to sign AI as his first major move indicates to me that Pete did not leave for Sacramento happy about his time in Denver or on good terms. Feel free to think that was unseemly.

      • http://Twitter.com/A_Rodriguez8 D3Ntilthe3ND

        I thought immediately when Pete ended up not assuming the GM role that things must have been sour.

  • Josh Chin

    Masai stealing our hidden talents haha. Oh well, I only got to watch a couple games of Stone in garbage minutes so I dont know him as well as others do but hope he gets to play in Toronto.

    • Daniel Winston

      We just need to get ride of Andre Miller somehow. I don’t think this move impacted Miller’s future one way or the other but I really want to see him moved soon.

      • Lane Yetter

        I totally agree! I just never hear any trade talk or rumors involving miller, Im not sure why. Hopefully Brian Shaw will demand players that get time on the court WILL play defense. I hope Igoudala decides soon, nugs are missing out on some prime free agents (Jefferson, Korver, Bellineli, Mayo, Redick, Vazquez) waiting on AI’s decision. If L. Aldridge really is available, I think the nugs should trade McGee, Chandler, and Hamilton for him

      • dynamo.joe

        I think at least part of the reason we kept AMiller last year was because of Stone’s injury. And I think we didn’t pursue Stone this season because we can’t find a trade partner for AMiller this year.

        But I said it before and I’ll say it again. Miller’s negatives were MOSTLY GK’s negatives. He may very well not be the liability he was last year with Shaw now in charge.

        Congrats Canada on making the playoffs this year (because you got rid of Bargs, not necessarily because you got Stone).

        • sherlock

          I think to some extent your right on the money. Miller was over played by Karl. If his minutes are kept in check maybe just maybe he can help us. His defense is never going to help us, but he can post up just about any pg in the league and throws a mean lob.

  • Blue

    Stone is a restricted free agent. Did Denver fail to match the offer? The article is vague on details.

    • James Duff

      he was listed as ufa almost everywhere i looked.

      • Blue

        Yeah, you’re right, Denver didn’t give him a qualifying offer. ESPN had him listed as a RFA.

  • Len Nunes

    with so much emphasis on signing AI, can someone fill me in on the plan to cover Gallo the first couple months? Scares me thinking we might head into the season without AI & Gallo.

    • Cullen

      Wilson Chandler? Gallo is good and missing him obviously brings problems… but SF is the one position where the backup can be just as good if not better.

      • herpderpnuggets

        chandler and hamilton or Q.miller could fill the void

        • dynamo.joe

          They can fill the position, but I don’t think they can fill the void. I disagreed with Karl on many things, but that Gallo was the best of the SF’s available to us was not one of them.

          • Len Nunes

            I agree 100% with dynamo.joe
            For as much as I may overvalue Gallo, I admit I may undervalue Chandler
            Hamilton’s game is better suited for shooting guard and while I’d love Q Miller to win the temp starter job straight up through camp, I’m not getting my hopes up.

  • Drewbueno

    I hope I’m wrong but I think this is going to be a bigger loss than the coverage it is getting. What a waste of our time, too – how could the Nuggets not at least offer him a qualifying offer so they could match any other offers he got? Aren’t we always complaining about losing assets for nothing? Are people who are OK with this saying he didn’t even count as an asset?? We should have developed Stone’s offensive game and kept him as a Westbrook and Harden stopper – who are going to be important players in the West for a long time.