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Lewenberg: Raptors invite three more to training camp

Josh Lewenberg
9/19/2013 12:24:37 PM
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TORONTO - With training camp just around the corner, the Toronto Raptors have formally announced the addition of forward Chris Wright and guards Julyan Stone and Carlos Morais.

Terms of Thursday's signings were not disclosed but all three deals are believed to be non-guaranteed, allowing the new additions to attend training camp - beginning in Toronto on Oct. 1 - and compete for the team's final available roster spot.

Wright, 24, participated on the Raptors 2013 Summer League team in Las Vegas, averaging 10.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in five games. After attending camp with Toronto in 2012 the athletic forward, listed at 6-8, played for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA Development League where he appeared in 39 games and ranked 10th in scoring pouring in 18.3 points per contest.

Stone averaged 1.7 points and 1.5 rebounds in 26 games regular season games with the Denver Nuggets over the last two years, also appearing in four playoff contests. The 24-year-old point guard was expected to sign a guaranteed deal with the Raptors earlier this summer before lingering knee and hip injuries put the agreement on ice. Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri, who previously acquired Stone in Denver, had maintained that the guard would be given another opportunity to earn a spot on the roster if and when he proved to be healthy.

Morais (pronounced MORE-EYE-AS) is coming off an MVP performance for gold medal-winning Angola at the 2013 FIBA Africa championship where he scored 15.9 points to go along with 4.6 boards. The 27-year-old combo guard is looking to become the first Angolan-born player to make an NBA roster.

The team's roster stands at 17 going into camp but must be trimmed down to 15 prior to the season debut in Boston on Oct. 30. Toronto's roster has 14 guaranteed contracts after veteran guard/forward Quentin Richardson was waived last week.

The Raptors are set to open camp at the Air Canada Centre on October 1st before heading to Halifax for two days (Oct 4-5) where they will hold a couple of private practices and a public scrimmage. Their eight-game pre-season schedule kicks off on Oct. 7 with a visit to Boston to face Toronto-native Kelly Olynyk and the new-look Celtics.

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