After what Raptors fans are calling a ‘grown up’ 96-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night, including another ‘We the Fourth’ quarter comeback, Toronto was ready for the last their 7th consecutive home games as they would host the Milwaukee Bucks. This would mark the end of the Raptors’ longest homestand in franchise history.
The Raptors didn’t waste any...
TORONTO (AP) Greivis Vasquez had 15 points, Lucas Nogueira scored six straight points in the final 2 minutes and the Toronto Raptors held off Israel's Maccabi Haifa 92-85 on Wednesday night for their sixth victory in seven preseason games.
Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross each had 11 points for the Raptors, whose sole exhibition defeat was a 113-106 loss at Sacramento on Oct. 7...
Via AP on Fox
October 22, 2014
On Pro Bball Report last week: Jonas Valanciunas – Fear the Beard, Raptors rookie initiations, Kevin Durant injured, Kyle Lowry’s All-Star bid, Knicks hoarding ex-Raptors, Very Happy Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira feeling better, James Johnson’s role, Raptors rotation, Ross and Valanciunas lead and more.
Jonas Valanciunas was hinting something was about to go down after the Raptors home game versus the Celtics and it didn't take very long for Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira to get inducted into something similar to Valanciunas' own rookie experience.
The long lanky center Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira is a potential shot swatting machine who looked good as a reserve in Spain’s top league, however, a serious nagging groin injury has left him not quite ready to play for the Toronto Raptors. “I am feeling very good, better than two or three weeks ago, but I am not ready yet,” Nogueira said.
On Pro Bball Report last week: Bruno Caboclo is close, cutting Landry Fields, toughness plus Tyler Hansbrough, Lucas Nogueira injured, Joel Anthony mentors, NBA TV deal, Nik Stauskas in Vancouver, Raptors vs Kings Postgame show, Coach Casey’s preseason postgame analysis and more.
As the calendar turns to October, 2014 training camps are underway across the National Basketball Association.
Toronto Raptors’ camp opened this week with expectations running high following a successful 2013-2014 campaign in which the team finished atop the NBA’s Atlantic Division, returning to playoff action for the first time since 2008.
With the opening of camp, Raptors management...
Canadians Nik Stauskas and Sim Bhullar will play their first preseason game as a rookie with the Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver Canada on Sunday night against the Toronto Raptors. Rookies Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira are the players to watch with Toronto.
Lucas Nogueira recently worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon, joining a long line of NBA big men to utlize the Hall of Fame center for workout sessions.
"Grande oportunidade de aprender com Hakeem @DR34M essa semana #TheDream #WeTheNorth @Raptors @NBABrasil," Nogueira posted on his official Twitter account.
Olajuwon has also worked out with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwight...
On Pro Bball Report last week: Student-Athletes can get paid, Raptors Preseason schedule, Jonas Valanciunas 20 points 11 boards for Lithuania, Chuck Hayes is an ideal backup, DeMar DeRozan still on Team USA, Rudy Gay joins Team USA, Cavaliers changes, Lucas Nogueira signs, DeAndre Daniels to Australia, Leo Rautins wants a basketball team, Quincy Acy traded, Xavier Thames to Sevilla...
As was predicted earlier by Toronto Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri, forward DeAndre Daniels, taken 37th overall at the NBA Draft in June, is expected to head overseas to hone his craft. The Raptors have a full complement of 15 players after signing guard Will Cherry and center Lucas Nogueira.
It took over a month since the Raptors acquired the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira from the Atlanta Hawks, but President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri finally fulfilled the promise of getting his 7’ rookie center bought out from Asefa Estudiantes in Spain and inked to a new contract.
Toronto Raptors: Strongest and Weakest Moves of the Offseason
By Mike Elworth Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff….
Resigned Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson
Signed James Johnson
Traded For Lou Williams and Lucas Nogueira
Drafted Bruno Caboclo and DeAndre Daniels
Strongest: Resigning Kyle Lowry
- They paid a lot to resign their starting point guard (4 seasons...
On Pro Bball Report last week: Lucas Nogueira buyout, Veteran scorer Lou Williams, Best Raptors team ever, Steve Nash having fun, Cory Joseph as leader, Big names missing from Team Canada, Platooning Canadian players, Pro jobs in Europe, Canada vs. Slovenia, Ukraine and Georgia, Raptors training camp, the NBA schedule delayed and more.
The Toronto Raptors are closing in on completing the buyout of center Lucas Nogueira from Asefa Estudiantes much to the disappointment of several top Eurloeague teams that had hoped to acquire the ACB top defensive player from last season.
It's true that wins in the Summer League aren't a very valuable currency in the NBA economy.
That the Sacramento Kings just won the nominal tournament in the Summer League's Las Vegas session means something—but what, exactly? The members of that roster would certainly prefer to receive a contract from an NBA team, even at the cost of losing all the games. And what...
The Toronto Raptors netted themselves a proven veteran scorer from the Hawks when they sent the non-guaranteed contract of John Salmons to Atlanta for Lou Williams and the rights to Lucas Nogueira. “(My role is) to just come off the bench and bring a ton of energy and score the basketball,” Williams said.
On Pro Bball Report last week: Lou Williams and Patrick Patterson on Raptors playoffs, Greivis Vasquez on Toronto, James Johnson returns, Patterson’s confidence, Elijah Millsap, Raptors fans, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira questions, Dwight Buycks waived and more.
Raptors rookie prospect Lucas Nogueira was recently acquired in a trade with the Hawks and has been playing on Toronto’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, however, there was always a risk that his 600,000 € buyout Asefa Estudiantes in Spain would get in the way of his coming to the NBA this season.
Lucas Nogueira was still under contract for one more season with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain when the Raptors traded for him and although he has already played in one NBA Summer League game with Toronto, the team has yet to be able to announce they have got his name on a contract.
The Atlanta Hawks requested waivers on guard/forward John Salmons on Thursday. Salmons was acquired, along with a 2015 second round draft pick, from the Toronto Raptors on June 30 in exchange for Lou Williams and the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira.
This year’s Toronto Raptors NBA Summer League team is going to be fun to watch. The 15-man squad consists of Lucas Nogueira, Bruno Caboclo, DeAndre Daniels, Dwight Buycks, Myck Kabongo, Chris Daniels, Sam Dower, Scott Machado, T.J. Bray, John Shurna, Darington Hobson, Eli Holman, Malcolm Lee, Doron Lamb and Hassan Whiteside. Shot blocking and three-point shooting will dominate.
By all accounts the 7’ shot blocking Lucas Nogueira has more going for him than outstanding hair. The Toronto Raptors newest rookie prospect was Spain's ACB top defensive player last season.
Toronto Raptors: Lou Williams Trade Grade
By Ciaran Mills: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff…
Raptors Receive: Lou Williams, Lucas Nogueira
Hawks Receive: John Salmons, 2nd Round Pick
With Kyle Lowry entering free agency this offseason there are doubts as to whether he will stay in Toronto. If he does choose to leave, the Raptors’ backcourt will suffer, particularly in the experience department...
The Atlanta Hawks have a made a trade to free up cap space for summer free agency. Via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:
The Atlanta Hawks are clearing salary cap space for free agency, trading away Lou Williams and 2013 first-round pick Lucas Nogueira to Toronto Raptors for John Salmons, a leagues sources told Yahoo Sports.
Salmons has a $7 million team option for the 2014-15...