Raptors sign troubled C Stanley Roberts

Updated: September 30, 2003, 3:14 PM ET

TORONTO - Stanley Roberts is back in the NBA.

Roberts, who was expelled from the NBA during the 1999 season, on Tuesday signed with the Toronto Raptors.

Terms were not disclosed.

A 7-foot, 290-pounder center, Roberts was thrown out of the league for testing positive for an amphetamine-based designer drug while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers in November 1999.

Roberts, who has battled weight problems throughout his career, was reinstated by the NBA last January but did not sign with a team and hooked up with the Harlem Globetrotters.

"Stanley continues to work out in Florida and may join the team sometime after training camp depending on his progress," said Raptors general manager Glen Grunwald.

Plagued by injuries throughout his eight-year career, the 33-year-old Roberts has averaged 8.6 points and 5.2 rebounds in 300 NBA games.

A 1991 first-round pick of the Orlando Magic, Roberts played with Shaquille O'Neal at Louisiana State. He spent a year with Real Madrid of the Spanish League before joining the Magic in 1991.

Roberts averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in his first season with the Magic.

But Roberts was dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers after the 1991-92 campaign as Orlando surprisingly won the draft lottery and selected O'Neal. Roberts averaged a career-high 11.3 points in 77 games for the Clippers, who made a rare playoff appearance.

Roberts remained with the Clippers through the 1996-97 campaign, then spent a season with Minnesota before appearing in six contests with Houston in 1998-99.

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