Raptors extend tenders to Vasquez, Patterson

 

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Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Guard Greivis Vasquez and forward Patrick Patterson, two key pieces to the Toronto Raptors' run to an Atlantic Division title in 2013-14, were both given qualifying offers by the team on Saturday.

By doing so, the Raptors retain the right to match any offer sheet the restricted free agents receive from another team.

Both players came to Toronto in December as part of the trade with Sacramento that sent high-scoring forward Rudy Gay to the Kings. The Raptors went 41-22 following the deal to earn the Eastern Conference's No. 3 playoff seed.

Vasquez averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists in 61 regular-season games as Kyle Lowry's backup with the Raptors. The four-year veteran led Toronto in scoring off the bench 25 times after joining the club.

Patterson also played an important reserve role with the Raptors, averaging 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds in 48 games as Toronto's primary forward off the bench. The 25-year-old then tallied 10.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game during the club's opening-round playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Raptors also extended a qualifying offer to guard Nando De Colo, who averaged 3.1 points and 1.6 assists over 21 games after being acquired from San Antonio on Feb. 20.

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