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Arizona Basketball: Lyons will play with Raptors

2013-07-11T00:00:00Z 2013-07-11T13:16:32Z Arizona Basketball: Lyons will play with RaptorsPatrick Finley Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
July 11, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Former Arizona Wildcats guard Mark Lyons practiced for the first time with the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday and will be on the team's NBA Summer League roster when it begins exhibition games Saturday in Las Vegas.

"I know some people in the (Raptors) organization that expressed some belief in Lyons' ability," Lyons' agent, Chris Emens of Octagon, said Wednesday. "Whether or not an opportunity exists with him for their NBA roster I think is to be determined.

"If he does well, there might be an opportunity for him."

The 24-year-old Xavier transfer, who averaged 15.6 points per game in his only season with the Wildcats, will likely play behind Julyan Stone, a 24-year-old former Denver Nuggets point guard who stands 6 feet 7 inches.

Emens - who is also former UA star Solomon Hill's agent - said he sees Lyons as "a guy who can back (Stone) up in the Summer League and maybe play with him."

Inclusion on the Summer League is rarely a guarantee for a NBA roster spot; rather, it's a showcase for professional teams worldwide.

Lyons had multiple "quite good" European contract offers, Emens said. He could still end up there. Emens said Lyons would rather go overseas than play in the NBA Development League, the highest American minor league.

Lyons will be joined in Las Vegas by former UA guard MoMo Jones, who played his final two seasons at Iona.

Jones, 23, is on the Portland Trail Blazers roster.

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