07-28-2008, 01:11 PM
In the Paint
Join Date: Dec 2007
OFFICIAL: Raptors Sign Solomon
Official announcement courtesy of Raptors.com
from D Smith's blog
Unable to find anyone on this side of the Atlantic to fill the 13th man role, the Raptors are about to sign Will Solomon to a contract and finish off their summer shopping season.
(Of course, you regular readers – as regular as this morning, in fact – will know I thought this signing my drag on until late August but guess not).
Spies here and in Israel (my man Eran comes through again, and it wasn't even P.J. Tucker-related), where Solomon once played for Maccabi Tel Aviv, say the 6-2 combo guard is destined to be the next player from overseas to join the Raptors. No idea when the official announcement will come – there’s always paperwork to be done – but it’s a done deal as far as I can glean and could be finished as early as today.
Solomon does seem to have a bit of what the Raptors want in their final player.
He’s 30 years old so he’s been around.
He’s coming off a solid Euroleague season with Turkey’s Fenerbache, where he averaged 17.9 points and 3.9 assists in 21 Euroleague games, stats that aren’t to be sniffed at.
He’s got some NBA experience – he was a second-round pick of the Grizzlies in ’01 and played in 62 games with Memphis in the ’01-02 season.
He’s been all over Europe, spending a season with each of Efes Pilsen in Turkey, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Jerusalem and Aris Thessaloniki in Greece before playing the last two seasons with Fenerbache.
Sounds about right.