You won't have to wait long to see the newest members of the Toronto Raptors in action.
Rodney Hood and Gary Trent Jr. are both set to make their Toronto debuts on Friday, March 26 as the team hosts the Phoenix Suns at Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL. Hood and Trent, who were in Miami, FL, arrived in Tampa late Thursday night and, since passing their physicals, have been cleared to play.
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Ahead of the game, head coach Nick Nurse confirmed that both would be available to play, per Eric Koreen of The Athletic.
Nick Nurse confirms Hood and Trent are available to play on Friday vs. Phoenix.- (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) March 26, 2021
Trent, whose father, Gary Sr., appeared in 13 games with the Raptors in the 1997-98 season, spoke with reporters for the first time as a Raptor on Friday. The younger Trent shared that his father had nothing but positive things to say about the city of Toronto.
Trent on what his father told him about playing in Toronto: "He says it's beautiful, it's one of the most international cities in the world, the food is amazing, the vibe is amazing, the fans are amazing. I've heard nothing but positive things about it."- Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) March 26, 2021
Trent, who wore No. 2 with the Portland Trail Blazers, has elected to wear No. 33, the same number his father wore with the Raptors. Hood, whose No. 5 is taken by Stanley Johnson, has elected to wear No. 32.
🗣️ Shooter pic.twitter.com/VOFF6d2Als- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) March 26, 2021
Trent, 22, is averaging 15.0 points through 41 games this season while Hood is averaging 4.7 points through 38 appearances.
Toronto takes on Phoenix at 7:30 p.m. ET Friday on Sportsnet.
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