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Baston heading to Raptors after Pacers don't match offer sheet

TORONTO -- The wait is over for Maceo Baston and the Toronto
Raptors.

The Indiana Pacers declined to match the offer sheet given to
Baston by the Raptors last week, so the 31-year-old restricted free
agent can now report to Toronto for a physical and to sign the deal
that is reportedly worth $3.8 million over two years.

"We're happy to get another piece falling into place," Raptors
general manager Bryan Colangelo told The Canadian Press. "We feel
he should be another key ingredient in the mix we already have."

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound forward averaged 2.9 points and 1.6
rebounds in 47 games with Indiana last season. He also played
sparingly in 16 games with the Raptors during the 2002-03 season,
averaging 2.6 points.

After that initial stint with Toronto, Baston found success
overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv, where he teamed with Raptors
swingman Anthony Parker to help the team capture two Euroleague
titles (2004 and '05) and three Israeli Premier League
championships ('04-06).

The athletic forward averaged 14.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in
his Premier League play with Maccabi and 13.2 points and 6.4
rebounds in Euroleague action.