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DeMar DeRozan says Cory Joseph is “the smoothest” guy to have come through the Raptors organization in the nine years DeRozan has been with the team, and that’s high praise because smooth is cool. Fred VanVleet said he couldn’t have a more helpful and professional mentor in his rookie season than Joseph. And Dwane Casey? Well, the coach doesn’t pull any punches. “Cory’s just a beautiful young man.”
But he’s not forgotten and fans only have to look at the player filling his role to understand that. VanVleet was a fourth-stringer at the start of last season, a D-Leaguer behind Kyle Lowry, Joseph and Delon Wright. But Joseph was apparently always willing to help, showing the professionalism he was lauded for from the day the Raptors signed him as a free agent in 2015. “For a guy in his position, with me and Delon kind of on his heels a little bit, he never had a bad attitude about it,” VanVleet said. “He was helping us along the way, which was really rare to find a guy in that position, to help the young guys that were kind of coming for his spot. He was still helping us.”
Josh Lewenberg: Raptors do have an open roster spot but Bobby Webster told the @OverDrive1050 crew they’re comfortable with Lowry, VanVleet & 2-way player Lorenzo Brown (who would likely be recalled) if Wright misses significant time
The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday their 17-man roster for NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas. Current Raptors Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet will headline this year’s squad. First- round draft pick OG Anunoby will not participate in the tournament while he recovers from a right knee injury. Raptors assistant coaches Jama Mahlalela and Patrick Mutombo will serve as the team’s coaches.