HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors
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
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kyle Lowry completed his meeting with Toronto GM Masai Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey, and mulling Raptors offer, league source tells Yahoo. Twitter @WojYahooNBA
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
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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