Basketball

Raptors pick up option on Jamario Moon

The Toronto Raptors elected Wednesday to pick up next season's contract option on forward Jamario Moon.

The Toronto Raptors elected Wednesday to pick up next season's contract option on forward Jamario Moon.

Details were not disclosed.

Moon, named to the NBA's all-rookie second team, averaged 8.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.4 blocked shots, 1.2 steals and 27.8 minutes in 78 appearances this season.

He set franchise highs for starts (75) and defensive rebounds (392) by a rookie, and ranked first among NBA rookies in steals (1.03), second in blocks (1.38) and third in rebounds (6.2).  

"We are very proud of Jamario for what he has accomplished," Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said in a statement.

"And for the way he handled himself this year. Jamario's path to the NBA and the Toronto Raptors is a great example of perseverance."

Moon toiled several seasons in the NBA Development League, American Basketball Association, World Basketball Association and United States Basketball League.   The 27-year-old was playing for the Albany Patroons of the Continental Basketball Association when he attended last summer's free-agent tryout in Toronto and earned an invitation to Raptors training camp.

With files from the Canadian Press