Friday , Jul , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Peterson to remain with Raptors

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Forward Morris Peterson will remain with
Toronto after the Raptors matched the reported three-year, $15 million offer
sheet tendered by the New Orleans Hornets.

Peterson has spent the first four years of his NBA career with the Raptors,
who selected the Michigan State product with the 21st overall pick in the 2000
NBA Draft.

“We are excited to have Morris back with our team,” said Raptors general
manager Rob Babcock. “He has been a key contributor to the Raptors both on the
court and in the community.”

The 6-7 forward played in all 82 games for Toronto last season,
including 29 starts, and averaged 8.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest.

The 26-year old Peterson compiled career-high averages of 14.1 points and 4.4
boards while starting 80 games for the Raptors in 2002-03. In 307 career
contests, he has posted averages of 11.3 points and 3.6 rebounds.