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Raptors introduce former Pacer's guard, Jack

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

TORONTO (AP) -- The Toronto Raptors have officially introduced Jarrett Jack after signing him to a $20 million deal over four years.

The Raptors signed the restricted free agent to an offer sheet on July 13, giving the Indiana Pacers a week to match the offer. They opted not to, clearing the way for Jack to land in Toronto Tuesday as general manager Bryan Colangelo remakes the Raptors' roster.

"This is another piece of the puzzle that is hopefully going to bring it all together," the Colangelo said at a news conference at the Air Canada Centre.

Toronto also acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu in a four-way deal and signed center Andrea Bargnani to a $50-million, five-year deal.

Colangelo also picked Southern California swingman DeMar DeRosan with the ninth pick in last month's draft.

Jack is one of just 11 NBA players who appeared in all 82 games in each of the past two seasons -- last season with Indiana where he supplanted former Raptors player T.J. Ford for the starter's job, and the previous season in Portland.

"To describe me in a nutshell is 'being tough,"' Jack said. "There are things along the road, going through this NBA journey that you're going to have to play through, and injury and not being 100 percent every night are part of it.

"It's being there for your teammates and trying to be the best teammate possible."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Jack, who played with Raptors star Chris Bosh at Georgia Tech, averaged a career-high 13.1 points last season, along with 4.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds. He was acquired by the Pacers in a five-player trade a year ago.

Jack can line up at either point guard or shooting guard, and is known as a hard-nosed defender.

He's also earned a reputation around the league as a great teammate in the locker room. He says he gets his generous nature from his parents, dad Carlton, a former football player at Grambling State, and mom Louise.

"My parents growing up, whenever my father would cook in the neighborhood, he would cook for anybody who needed a plate. If you didn't have a plate that night you knew there was more than enough food at the Jack household," Jack said.

"My mom would help run our youth basketball association. If there was a kid who had a tough household, come on in our house, we might not have a bed for you, but we make room. We'll get you extra shoes if you need that. ... anything to help put someone in a successful position."

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