HoopsHype Greivis Vasquez rumors
"This is a huge summer. Obviously, Kyle Lowry (is an) unrestricted free agent. I'm a restricted free agent … Hopefully they keep the team together," Vasquez said about Toronto, which was eliminated in seven games of a first-round playoff series vs. the Brooklyn Nets, to WNST. "You don’t know. What I know is that I have one of the greatest times this past season with the Toronto Raptors. After coming off a tough injury I finished up the season very very strong and I did my thing. "Ultimately I want to be, hopefully in Toronto. I still got to give myself a chance to be a starting point guard. I feel like I can do many many different (things) now that I’m healthy. I have to give myself another shot. I have to earn that. I understand perfectly the things that I have to do for me to be the point guard that I want to be." CSNWashington.com
The Raptors beat writers acquainted Toronto players with Blatch's quote. They reacted with shock and disdain. "We're going to see what happens," said Greivis Vasquez. "I don't know who does he think he is. He's not KG or Paul Pierce or Jason Kidd. But you know, we're going to listen to his nonsense. He's gotta earn that and he hasn't yet. We aren't really focused (on) that. We gotta play so much better than we did last night. Game 7, win or go home." NetsDaily
DeRozan was looking at Vasquez because three reporters were asking about his particular energy. DeRozan said the closest comparison was his long-time teammate, Jose Calderon — although Vasquez embraces “the show” more, according to DeRozan — which led to a follow-up question, delivered completely in jest: Is Vasquez’s energy just that of white point guards from Spanish-speaking countries? “He’s white? He’s not white. Greivis is black,” DeRozan shot back, equally in jest. “I’m telling you right now: Greivis is half-Venezuelan and half-African-American. I’m telling you right now. I’m telling you right now. I said it.” National Post
His dagger 3-pointer over Amir Johnson sealed up the game with 1.7 seconds remaining, leaving Toronto Raptors point guard Grievis Vasquez comparing Durant to a higher power. "If you got Kevin Durant on your team, you’re safe," said Vazquez, a former high school teammate of Durant's at Montrose Christian School in Maryland. "He’s like Jesus in this league." Oklahoman
Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger compared Calathes with Greivis Vasquez, who began his NBA career with Memphis and is now playing point guard for the Toronto Raptors. “They can throw some risky passes and their bravado is what makes them good,” Joerger said. “But given that, Nick had the opportunity to play through some mistakes and gain some confidence. Then he had the opportunity to get some minutes and his confidence has remained high, and now that he's coming off the bench I don't want him to play conservative. That's not who he is.” The Gainesville Sun
What about your personnel moves? Greivis Vasquez didn’t work out, but you were able to shed several contracts in the trade for Rudy Gay. And re-signing DeMarcus Cousins to an extension was another major commitment. Those are two major talents. Are you getting a return on the investment? I’m very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can’t fault him because he wants to win so much. Sacramento Bee
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