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  • Point guard Kyle Lowry and power forward Amir Johnson will be two of three new starters for the Raptors Wednesday against the Hawks less than two hours after previous starters Jose Calderon and Ed Davis were traded away in a multi-team deal. Also, Alan Anderson is replacing small forward Landry Fields, who was not traded. Lowry missed Monday’s game against the Warriors with back spasms. About 85 minutes before tipoff, Raptors coach Dwane Casey would not comment on the trade, and when asked about his starting lineup, he said, “Don’t know yet.” About half an hour later, documents submitted to game officials indicated that Lowry and Johnson would start along with center Aaron Gray, Anderson and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan. Gray has been a rare starter (nine games), but scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds Wednesday against Golden State. 
  • Calderon and Davis were principles in a trade that will bring Rudy Gay from Memphis to Toronto, send forward Davis to Memphis, and send Calderon to a third team — likely the Pistons. The Raptors will also acquire backup post man Hamed Haddidi from Memphis. Casey would not elaborate. “The names mentioned in the trade probably won’t be available, but . . . we’ll see. ” Davis and Calderon were seen leaving Philips Arena about 75 minutes before tipoff. “I’m sure that some guys are upset,” Casey said. “That’s a little more than I even wanted to say about it. “
  • Hawks reserve center Zaza Pachulia will miss the Raptors game with a sore right Achilles’ tendon. That also kept him out of a Jan. 23 game at Charlotte.
  • Hawks guard/forward Anthony Morrow will be available after missing 17 straight games with hip and back issues, but Atlanta head coach Larry Drew would not say that he is certain Morrow will play. He’s averaging 5.5 points in 22 games, including one start. The sharpshooter is hitting 37.8 percent of his 3-point shots.
  • The 10-day contract of Hawks guard Jannero Pargo — whom Atlanta signed after Lou Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury — will expire after tonight’s game against Toronto. It is likely will sign him to another 10-day soon. Pargo has been more than a stop-gap player for the Hawks. He’s averaged 6.5 points and 3.3 assists in four games while shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the arc. He scored 16 points in his first game back with Atlanta in a Jan. 21 win over the Timberwolves.

– Matt Winkeljohn

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