So it's not exactly news that Rudy Gay's been dealt.
Nor is it the Bargs trade.
But another piece of NBA free agency news involving the Toronto Raptors.
Now I know what you're thinking. "Julyan Stone, of course! Wait, who the hell is that?"
And it would be hard to blame you for thinking that considering the 24-year old Stone has played a total of 26 games over two NBA seasons, both with the Denver Nuggets. He played in only four last season averaging 1.8 points and 0.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists so...yeah.
He's not exactly a scoring threat, and certainly not a dead-eye marksman from long-range (career 18 per cent three-point shooter), but he does have potential as a defensive stopper. The 6-7 200lb guard has good size at either spot in the backcourt, was a Conference USA All-Defensive Team member in his senior collegiate season at UTEP, and as noted by our crew at Denver Stiffs, was well-liked by former Nuggets coach George Karl as indeed, a defensive specialist.
The National Post's Eric Koreen tweeted that based on his sources, Stone would serve as the back-up to Kyle Lowry, but considering Stone's relative inexperience and frankly, lack of productivity, it's a bit hard to imagine that scenario. He may instead replace John Lucas as the team's third-string option, or play a bit of a hybrid role depending on what other moves the team makes.
Nothing official as of yet obviously, but we'll keep you posted on this situation as it unfolds.