Wednesday , Jun , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Raptors bring Nesterovic north of the border in swap with Spurs

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – The Toronto Raptors acquired center Rasho
Nesterovic and cash considerations on Wednesday from the San Antonio Spurs in
exchange for forwards Matt Bonner and Eric Williams, and a 2009 second-round
draft pick.

The seven-foot Nesterovic was the 17th overall selection by the Minnesota
Timberwolves in the 1998 draft. He signed with San Antonio as a free agent
following the 2003 season, and was a member of the Spurs 2005 NBA Championship
team. A veteran of eight seasons, Nesterovic has posted averages of 7.0
points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 548 career games.

“Acquiring Rasho brings us an experienced presence at the center position
while not affecting our cap situation,” said Raptors president and general
manager Bryan Colangelo. “Hes a smart basketball player who will help address
our needs, particularly on the defensive end of the floor.”

Bonner appeared in 78 games last season for the Raptors, averaging 7.5 points
and 3.6 rebounds. He also tied for 12th in the NBA by connecting on 42 percent
of his three-point attempts. Williams, an 11-year veteran, averaged 3.3 points
and 1.8 rebounds in 28 games for Toronto last year. He sports averages of 8.8
points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 637 career games for five different

Also on Wednesday, the Raptors waived center Robert Whaley, who was acquired
June 8 from Utah, along with forward Kris Humphries, for center Rafael Araujo.