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Raptors Working Hard To Get Rookie Lucas Nogueira Signed

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.

Last year Nogueira played for the Hawks Summer League team after being drafted 16th overall and despite a solid showing, he wasn’t able to arrange playing in the NBA that season. This year his buyout is more manageable and the Raptors are working hard to complete the process of purchasing his rights according to Vavel, The International Sports Newspaper (translated).

“The Toronto Raptors will pay clause (buyout for) Lucas Nogueira (600,000 €)”

Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri confirms the team is trying to get Nogueira signed. He sees the 7-footer as a shot blocker that can rebound and has last year’s injury problems behind him.

Masai Ujiri audio:

 

“We are looking to bring Bebe, Lucas Nogueira, to sign him,” Ujiri said. “We are trying to figure that out.

“Nogueira can block shots and he’s played in the in the ACB which is the second best league in the world. He played a good role there when he was healthy. He is a big player that is very mobile and can protect the rim and he can rebound. His body is still a-ways-a-way, but we’ll get him there. Contributing consistently, he’s still a-ways-a-way, but we plan to develop him.

“He has recovered from (knee tendonitis). Right now we are just trying to figure out how to get him cleared. He had a little calf incident before he came, but other than that he’s been working out and we hope to get him going soon.”

With the Hawks 2013 NBA Summer League team, Nogueira averaged 6.4 points on 62.5 percent shooting, 6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 2.4 blocks in 21.8 minutes. Last season in the ACB, he shot over 70 percent from the field and averaged 1.6 blocks in 16.6 minutes.

 

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.

 

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