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Old 12-22-2011, 09:57 PM   #1 (permalink)

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Default Casey: "Everyone is going to have to earn their minutes"

"To me everybody is a starter," Casey said this week. "You've got to prepare as a starter and think that way -- just because of the packed-in games and the rapid-fire games that are coming."

Expect Bayless to start the season as a backup to veteran guard Jose Calderon, who tied a career high with an average of 8.9 assists per game last season.

Guard Leandro Barbosa could provide some spark off the bench, although he has been saddled with injuries in recent years. Barbosa was limited during training camp with a sore knee.

Colangelo recently filled out the roster with the additions of guard Anthony Carter, centre Aaron Gray and forwards Rasual Butler and Gary Forbes.

"Everybody is going to have to earn their minutes," Casey said. "I'm not trying to be a dictator or anything like that, but guys will determine the amount of time that they have when they're on the floor."

One player who will start the season on the bench is forward Linas Kleiza. He's likely a few weeks away from a return as he works his way back from right knee surgery last February.

The Raptors used the No. 5 pick in the 2011 draft to select centre Jonas Valanciunas, who will spend the season playing in his native Lithuania. Toronto will likely get another decent selection next year in what should be a very deep draft.
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