HoopsHype Masai Ujiri rumors
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
Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri announced Tuesday the club and head coach Dwane Casey have agreed in principle on a new three-year contract through the 2016-17 season. Casey guided the Raptors to a team-record 48 victories and an Atlantic Division championship in 2013-14. Raptors.com
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