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Toronto has been in the crosshairs since GM Masai Ujiri’s profane outburst against Brooklyn during the playoffs. That small tempest fed off a general, leaguewide discomfort with Drake’s role and influence. Toronto Globe & Mail

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Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri has continued his journey in Africa to Nairobi, Kenya, where he'll serve as director for his Giants Of Africa camp. Hear more from Ujiri on working with the countries top 50 prospects below and stay tuned for more great coverage from the Open Gym crew in Africa. NBA.com

August 1, 2014 Updates

Dwane Casey remembers the first time he heard of Caboclo. Sort of. It was early June and the Raptors coach, a month or so removed from a painful seven-game series defeat to Brooklyn and a few weeks past signing a three-year, $11.3 million extension with Toronto that took some of the sting off of it, was home, in Seattle, when Masai Ujiri buzzed his cell phone. I need you to come to Texas, Ujiri said. I need you to see this prospect we’re looking at. OK, Casey said. Who? I’ll tell you when you get here, Ujiri replied. Ujiri swears he wasn’t trying to being secretive. He just wanted Casey to see the workout with a completely open mind. “I want my guys to have an opinion,” Ujiri told SI.com. “I don’t want to hype someone up. They see the kid and they make a judgement.” Sports Illustrated

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Second-round selection DeAndre Daniels, a combo forward who helped lead Connecticut to an NCAA championship in April, also is in the mix and currently is in Los Angeles working out with Caboclo, DeRozan and Johnson, but Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has indicated Daniels will be stashed in Europe for a year to get some much-needed playing time. Toronto Sun

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Masai Ujiri surprised everyone with his first draft pick as Raptors general manager by taking Caboclo. Just 18 years old, Caboclo is listed at 6-foot-9 and 205 pounds. He played 16 games for Pinheiros (San Paulo) this season where he averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds. He was the Most Valuable player at the 2013 Basketball Without Borders Americas. “Bruno is an athletic phenomenon,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s raw, but he’s going to be a guy that is going to develop in our program, grow and do a lot of things for us. Defensively, he’s long. He covers a lot of ground down in a stance. He blocks shots with his length.” NBA.com

While Caboclo hasn’t worked out for any NBA teams, the Raptors felt confident in taking a chance on him after visiting him to see him play numerous times. “For me, I said I would go with the best talent available and we did our due diligence,” Ujiri said. “I was in Brazil three times. Our scouts went a few times so we felt comfortable. “Our scouts have done a great job. We try to look for talent around the world. Basketball Without Borders, first, he was MVP of that camp and we just kept tracking. There was a tournament in Brazil in December and a couple of our scouts went and they thought he was intriguing enough. They came back, told us and I went down to see him.” NBA.com

Try finding a GM who thinks that Toronto made a good move by taking Bruno Caboclo with the 20th pick. It’s virtually impossible. It’s not that scouts didn’t know about Caboclo, a 6-9 Brazilian forward. “Don’t even know if he’s a second-rounder,” said one personnel man who studied Caboclo on tape New York Daily News

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On Tuesday, the Raptors worked out Louisville guard Russ Smith, Arizona guard Nick Johnson, Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson, Buffalo forward Javon McCrea and Gonzaga forward San Dower. Afterward, Raptors director of scouting Dan Tolzman, who Masai Ujiri hired shortly after he took over as general manager last year, spoke with the media on those players and the entire draft, which he has been scouting all year long. On impressions of the draft as a whole: “It’s great. It’s extremely talented this year. I think … it’s a very good draft to have three [picks]. We’re kind of all across the board, too, at 20, 37 and 59. There is going to be a player on the board at all of those picks.” National Post

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