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October 30, 2014 Updates

“Some guys make it but not all get a shot,” Dentmon said. “I was just hoping for one legit chance. I got called up to the Raptors, but they didn’t like me. Coach (Dwane Casey) didn’t like me and I never understood that. I never got a shot to play with the Spurs or the Mavericks either. Honestly, I really thought I’d stick with Toronto for the rest of the season. “After a strong season in the Development League and a few call ups, I opted to stick around the NBA and rejected overseas interest. Then I got hurt, pulled my hamstring and the Austin Toros turned their back on me. I asked for a trade and went to play for the Texas Legends. That didn’t work out either and that’s when I looked at Europe.” Basketball Insiders

October 27, 2014 Updates
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Josh Lewenberg: No surprise, Raps hang onto Greg Stiemsma, waive Jordan Hamilton/Will Cherry, who made strong cases for themselves & should have NBA future Twitter @JLew1050

October 23, 2014 Updates

Shortly after Raptors' rookie Lucas "Bebe" Nogueira returned to the locker room following his NBA pre-season debut Wednesday, he received an emotional phone call from back home. His family and friends had watched the game live from Brazil. His mother was first on the line. "My mom, she's so emotional," the 22-year-old Nogueira said after scoring eight points and blocking three shots in the Raptors' 92-85 victory over Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa. "She [was] crying a lot. She cries about everything, but I understand why she is crying, because they adopted me." TSN

Nogueira went on to praise his family and his upbringing. "They gave me all the support to be, not [only] a basketball player, but a good person and a good human," he continued. "I think the most important thing about making money and playing basketball is that you get to be a good person. They gave me a whole education and support so right now to see her son in the NBA, she's so proud. So I understand why she's crying." TSN

"I was nervous because it was my first game," he admitted when it was all over. "I had just two practices with the team, so I was a little bit nervous." Nogueira waited anxiously, standing in front of his locker just over an hour ahead of tip-off. James Johnson, his neighbour and one of his biggest supporters on the team, came over to give him a pep talk. TSN

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Greg Stiemsma‘s contract with the Raptors is partially guaranteed for $25K, Hoops Rumors has learned. That puts him on equal financial footing with teammates Jordan Hamilton and Will Cherry, who have partial guarantees for the same amount. The three appear to be jockeying for a single opening-night roster spot, since Toronto has 13 full guarantees and a $5MM partial guarantee with Amir Johnson. Hoops Rumors

October 13, 2014 Updates

Though centre Greg Stiemsma (below) has been seen as the favourite to earn Toronto’s final roster spot since Day 1, the other two contenders are still in the mix. Head coach Dwane Casey said Sunday that swingman Jordan Hamilton and point guard Will Cherry have also impressed the team and no decision is forthcoming. “We’re not in a hurry whatsoever,” Casey said. “All three men have done an excellent job in practice. Will Cherry is as tough a little competitor as you can find. Jordan Hamilton is a great scorer and really fighting on the defensive end and Greg Stiemsma is a solid, solid big man, veteran big man who has done some great things in the post. It may go down to the wire, the last day of camp because those guys have deserved it.” Toronto Sun

October 12, 2014 Updates
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Nogueira cuts his hair himself. He said his mother prefers his hair shorter, telling him he looks “ugly on TV” when his mop gets too unruly. Plus, it can become a practical issue — when he sweats, some strands can fall in front of his eyes. “When I’m sad,” Nogueira said before the Raptors played the Boston Celtics on Friday, “I cut my hair.” The cause of the sadness: Spain’s loss in Euro 2016 qualifying to Slovakia. Nogueira moved to Spain in 2009, spending five years there. National Post

October 10, 2014 Updates

His less-than-inspiring summer league performance is starting to make more sense: “He’s got a very serious strain, a groin strain,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s for real. The MRI showed us. It’s a very tedious thing. What we don’t want to do is rush him back where he re-injures it and then he’s out for another eight weeks or something. It’s something we have to be very careful with.” RaptorsRepublic.com

October 9, 2014 Updates

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