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Peja Stojakovic and His New Home With the Toronto Raptors

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 08:  Peja Stojakovic #16 of the New Orleans Hornets reacts to a call against the Golden State Warriors at New Orleans Arena on March 8, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Jess Matthew BeltranCorrespondent IINovember 23, 2010

The rain continued to pour down on a cold and windy afternoon. Peja Stojakovic watched the tiny little droplets slide down the window pane.

Days henceforth, Peja will be in a different city. Another chapter of his career has been closed, and now the pages are getting near to the conclusion.

Twelve seasons have passed and it seems like each year brings out something in him. It was always a constant challenge, but at 33 years old, everything seems to move in slow motion. Time is ticking deliberately and father time is catching up with Peja.

Four years ago, he scored his career high of 42 points against the Charlotte Bobcats and made NBA history by scoring 20 straight points to open the game.

Nevertheless, with his entire shooting prowess, he still came out short of expectations—missing games because of injuries and somehow seeing himself at the corner of the bench watching younger and healthier guys play.

Shooters, when they are in a slump, always shoot their way out, but you can’t do anything if you are spending most of your time in the bench.

After signing Trevor Ariza, it looks like the New Orleans Hornets are moving in a different direction, and Peja knew, sooner or later, he would eventually get traded with his $15.3 million expiring contract.

Together with Jerryd Bayless, Peja was traded to the Toronto Raptors for the tough veteran point guard Jarret Jack, reliable backup Marcus Banks and center David Andersen. Everything was written in the stars, and Peja knows that whatever happens, he is just thankful that sometime in his career.

He was the deadliest shooter; a back-to-back 3-point Champion and fourth in the NBA in free-throw percentage and 3-pointers made.

The rain has just ended as a rainbow was seen across the sky. Peja will be in Toronto battling minutes against Sony Weems and Linas Kleiza, but as long as his shooting touch is there and his confidence is back, it doesn’t really matter now.

They say there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but for Peja it’s more like Toronto.

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