Stephen Brotherston @stevesraptors
It looks like Raptors Prospect Lucas Nogueira could be on his way to Real Madrid according to a source in Spain... Raptors Prospect Lucas Nogueira On His Way To Real Madrid? | Pro Bball Report
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, the young center was still under contract with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain for one more season at the time of the trade and there was always a risk that his 600,000 € buyout would get in the way of his coming to the NBA this season.
After Summer League wrapped up, Nogueira sent out a disturbing tweet to those who had hopes of seeing him in a Raptors uniform anytime soon.
Lucas Riva @Lucasriva_bebe
I wanted to thank the Toronto Raptors for this wonderful opportunity #SummerLeague
It was expected that the Raptors would buyout Nogueira’s contract as the reported amount is well within the usual range of transactions that get completed, however, it was reported Asefa Estudiantes had interest in Nogueira’s contract from Euroleague teams after their season ended and returning to play another season in Spain was always a possibility.
There has been nothing official from the Raptors on this topic other than an earlier confirmation that a deal with Nogueira had not been completed prior to the start of Summer League.
Nogueira only averaged 16.6 minutes per game last season with Asefa Estudiantes and another year in Spain with more playing time on a better club team would undoubtedly help improve his skills and play.
There will certainly be more news on this situation in the near future.
That'd be disappointing. Not that I have some high hopes for him, but he has potential, and being the only real backup C on the team, he was going to get decent minutes.
Now, unless we find someone still available (and cheap.. so, unlikely), we're going to have Hayes and a bunch of PFs trying to play C.
Not sure what the strategy here has been since we've known our big rotation is thin.
"When you have limitations and you understand your limitations and you stay within yourself, you can be great," Kobe Bryant said. "You know what you can do and what you can't do. In America, it's a big problem for us because we're not teaching players how to play all-around basketball. That's why you have Pau and Marc [Gasol], and that's the reason why 90 percent of the Spurs' roster is European players, because they have more skill."