Raptors sign Spanish star Garbajosa
Bryan Colangelo continues to add a little European flair to the Toronto Raptors.
The Raptors president and general managerkept hisbusy off-season alive with the signing of Spanish standout Jorge Garbajosa.
The free-agent forward, who played the last 11 seasons in Europe, signed a multi-year deal with Raptors on Monday.Financial terms were not disclosed.
Garbajosa, 28, averaged 14.8 points, 6.9 rebounds and 35 minutes for Unicaja in the Euroleague — a pro-basketball circuit featuring top European club teams — this past year.
The six-foot-nine forward was named the Spanish Club Finals MVP the past two seasons and has played in two Olympic Games for Spain.
"Jorge Garbajosa has contributed toward winning at every stop in his professional career," Colangelo said in a statement. "We anticipate he will bring experience, leadership and toughness to this basketball team."
The addition of Garbajosa is the latest European signing for the Raptors.
Toronto selected Italian Andrea Bargnani with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft, and signed Anthony Parker, an American who had played the last six seasons in Israel with Maccabi Tel-Aviv and was Euroleague MVP last year.
Colangelo also acquired Slovenian centre Rasho Nesterovic in a trade with the San Antonio Spurs, and hired former Benetton Treviso GM Maurizio Gherardini as his assistant GM and vice-president.
Coincidentally, Garbajosa spent four seasons with Benetton before joining Unicaja.Gherardini highly recommended Garbajosa to Colangelo.
Garbajosa will have another familiar face on the Raptors — guard Jose Calderon.The pair played together on Spain's 2002 world championship team and 2004 Olympic squad.