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Report: Nando de Colo turns down Raptors to play in Russia

By Zach Harper | NBA writer

The Toronto Raptors acquired point guard Nando de Colo from the San Antonio Spurs back in February, making him the third or fourth point guard on their roster at the time. After re-signing Kyle Lowry to big money in the early stages of free agency and with backup Greivis Vasquez a target for the Raptors to re-sign soon, de Colo would still have been the third point guard on the roster had he accepted a two-year offer from the Toronto.

That won't be the case, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. De Colo has reportedly turned down an offer from the Raptors and has accepted a deal to play in Russia with CSKA Moscow.

Free-agent guard Nando de Colo turned down a two-year offer to return to the Toronto Raptors to accept a deal with CSKA Moscow, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

DeColo came to the Raptors in a February trade from the San Antonio Spurs, and general manager Masai Ujiri had offered to bring him back on a deal. Nevertheless, Colo accepted the CSKA offer on Monday.

De Colo was drafted by the Spurs back in the second round of the 2009 draft. He didn't come over to the NBA until the 2012-13 season, playing in 72 games at an average of just 12.8 minutes. He battled a bit for the backup point guard position in San Antonio last season before being dealt to the Raptors for Austin Daye. He played in 21 games for the Raptors to finish out the 2013-14 season, getting just 9.3 minutes each night. He only played four minutes in the first round of the playoffs for Toronto.

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