Raptors Sign Cory Joseph
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed free-agent guard Cory Joseph to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We have watched Cory grow as a player and see him as a great fit in our system,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “He is another player with a defensive skill-set that will be an asset to our team.”
The 6-foot-3, 185 pound native of Pickering, Ontario is the second Canadian-born player to join the Raptors (Jamaal Magloire, 2011-12).
Joseph averaged 6.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 18.3 minutes in a career-best 79 games (14 starts) with the San Antonio Spurs last season. He shot .504 (207-411) from the floor, .364 (16-44) from beyond the arc and .734 (105-143) from the foul line. He posted career bests in every statistical category.
In his 14 starts in the 2014-15 campaign, Joseph contributed 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 34.6 minutes. His career-high 20 points (8-9 FG, 1-1 3FG, 3-4 FT) came in a start at New Orleans on December 26.
Joseph has appeared in 204 career regular season games, all with the Spurs. He has averaged 5.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 14.9 minutes. He has seen action in 37 career playoff outings, averaging 2.9 points, 1.1 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 7.5 minutes. He was a member of the Spurs’ 2014 NBA Championship team.
Joseph attended Pickering High School before moving to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada for his junior and senior seasons. After one year at the University of Texas he was selected 29th overall by the Spurs in the 2011 NBA Draft. At Texas, he was named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team and earned All-Big 12 Honourable Mention.