Jawai to sign Guaranteed contract with Raptors
JAWAI TO SIGN WITH NBA'S RAPTORS
Just one day after his trade to the Toronto Raptors became official, the NBA team has moved quickly to sign Cairns Taipans star Nathan Jawai to a two-year guaranteed deal that should see the indigenous giant playing in the world's premier league next season.
Jawai's agent, Daniel Moldovan of Entersport, confirmed that terms had been agreed to between the player and the Raptors and that Jawai would sign with the Raptors on Friday morning Australian time.
"We have agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a guaranteed two-year deal, which is rare for a second round pick and certainly displays the promise they see in Nathan," Moldovan said.
"We are thrilled that Nathan has gone to such a first class organisation and that he will be playing behind two of the true superstars of the NBA in Jermaine O'Neal and Chris Bosh. The Raptors are shaping up to be a truly formidable team."
"What this means is that Nathan will not only be on the Raptors roster immediately, as opposed to developing further in the NBL, but he will be right in the thick of the minutes given that the team is going with a big man rotation featuring O'Neal, Bosh, Bargnani, Jawai and Humphries."
Jawai was selected by the Indiana Pacers with the 41st overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft in New York on June 26, but was included in a blockbuster draft day trade, which sent six-time NBA All-Star forward-centre Jermaine O'Neal also to Toronto from the Pacers. In exchange Indiana received guard TJ Ford, centre Rasho Nesterovic, forward Maceo Baston and the draft rights to centre Roy Hibbert.
The trade was officially confirmed on Thursday with the Raptors moving rapidly to secure Jawai to a contract.
Jawai made history by becoming the first indigenous Australian athlete drafted into the NBA. His selection with the 41st pick saw him drafted higher than all but four other Australians Luc Longley, Andrew Bogut, David Andersen and Chris Anstey. Jawai became the tenth Australian ever drafted to the NBA.