Greivis Vasquez couldn't help but be excited when he watched his new Toronto Raptors National Basketball Association team beat the Los Angeles Lakers last weekend.

It wasn't so much about the win, but about the way that Toronto played — especially the pick-and-roll play of forwards Amir Johnson and Jonas Valanciunas.

"The first eight plays were pick and rolls. I was like 'Yes, this is heaven for me,' " Vasquez said. "It's going to be fun, but I don't want to say much, I just want to do it on the court."

Vasquez participated in his first practice in Toronto on Thursday since Monday's trade that sent Rudy Gay, plus Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to Sacramento. The Venezuelan guard had been delayed a couple of days in New York due to visa red tape, "filing paperwork after paperwork."

No sooner did the point guard arrive in Toronto than trade rumours involving Kyle Lowry started swirling, with reports claiming the New York Knicks were interested in dealing Raymond Felton for the Raptors' starting point guard.

Vasquez, who arrived in the deal with John Salmons, Chuck Hayes and Patrick Patterson — a foursome Vasquez referred to as the "heart of Sacramento" — sees the move as a fresh start.

"I feel like when you get traded, that team really wants something from you, and I think when they traded for me, they felt I was going to be able to help this team, and I'm very loyal to that," he said. "Maybe it's my culture, maybe it's where I'm coming from, but I'm all about Toronto Raptors now.

"I just want to play, I just want to be happy, I want to feel like I'm enjoying what I'm doing, and this opportunity is probably going to get that back for me because I was struggling in Sacramento."

The 6-foot-6, 211-pound guard, runner-up last season for the NBA's Most Improved Player, had off-season ankle surgery, and said he had a "really rough" training camp because of it.

But he's known as a decent ball distributor, which should help a team that has been woefully short on assists. The Caracas native has averaged 9.8 points, 1.9 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 25.8 minutes in 18 games with the Kings this season.