Report: Toronto Raptors Sign Cory Joseph

By David Kenyon

The San Antonio Spurs landed the summer’s prized free agent, but LaMarcus Aldridge‘s hefty signing price means the franchise cannot retain the entirety of its depth.

Aron Baynes and Marco Belinelli were casualties of San Antonio’s limited cap space, heading to the Detroit Pistons and Sacramento Kings, respectively. Cory Joseph is reportedly heading out of town, too.

According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Joseph has reached a four-year agreement with the Toronto Raptors worth $30 million.

Sources: Cory Joseph and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a 4-year year deal worth $30 million

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 6, 2015

Earlier on Sunday, Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News noted the Spurs withdrew their qualifying offer to Joseph, making the restricted free agent available to the open market.

Joseph, a 23-year-old, spent a majority of his first three NBA seasons as a deep reserve, primarily logging garbage-time minutes.

However, during the 2014-15 campaign, the point guard took advantage of injuries to Tony Parker and Patty Mills and stepped into a starting role. Joseph tallied 32.3 minutes, 12.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists in December—a stretch that proved he’s capable of contributing as a rotational piece.

Joseph—who was born in Toronto—joins a Raptors backcourt highlighted by All-Star guards Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan but will likely take over Greivis Vasquez‘s role. Vasquez was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Toronto’s 104.8 defensive rating ranked fourth-worst in the Eastern Conference last season, per Joseph will bolster the team’s efforts on that end of the court while providing a largely turnover-free offensive style. He won’t offer many flashy highlights like DeRozan, but Joseph is a solid perimeter defender.

Joseph’s departure secures Mills’ place in San Antonio’s now-depleted second unit.

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