Roster Report

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--G John Lucas III is listed as the Raptors' third-string point guard, but there's no certainty he'll open the season as such. His addition gives the Raptors the flexibility to trade Jose Calderon, the club's highest salaried player, who figures to be no better than a backup following the acquisition of Kyle Lowry. The Raptors are under the salary cap, which increases their chances of making a trade before the start of camp.

--F Andrea Bargnani should get a chance to play more at power forward with the Raptors having signed 7-footer Jonas Valanciunas this summer. Bargnani had been expected to be the guy most likely to replace Chris Bosh at power forward after the star bolted to the Heat. But the Raptors didn't have anyone close to Valanciunas' ability to man the pivot last season, forcing Bargnani to play a lot at that position.

--C Aaron Gray will be in the center mix this season, having been re-signed following a season in which he recorded an impressive 5.7 rebounds a game in just 16.6 minutes. He not only will provide a valuable backup to rookie Jonas Valanciunas, he also will give the Raptors coaching staff one more reason to keep Andrea Bargnani at power forward.


--G Terrence Ross (6-6, Washington, first round, No. 8) gives the Raptors a perimeter offensive threat they woefully lacked last season.

--F Quincy Acy (6-7, Baylor, second round, No. 37) should electrify fans with his high-flying act.

--F Tomislav Zubcic (7-0, Croatia, second round, No. 56) is your prototypical European big man -- feared more on the outside than the inside.


--G Kyle Lowry (sports hernia) had surgery May 1. He should be ready for the start of training camp.

--F Andrea Bargnani (strained left calf) will continue a rehabilitation program throughout the summer.

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