NBA Rumor: Lucas Nogueira Free Agency
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Brazilian team Sao Paulo has agreed to a deal with Lucas Nogueira.
NBB: After 4 @NBA years of experience, Lucas Bebê returns to Brazil to play for @Fortaleza Basquete Cearense next season.
Josh Lewenberg: Lucas Nogueira is visiting the Raptors practice facility today and will be at the game tomorrow. He’s going back to Brazil to train next week, is hoping to play for his country this summer (or maybe Summer League) with the goal of returning to the NBA. He said he’s feeling good.
Lucas ‘Bebe’ Nogueira played four seasons for the Toronto Raptors, after toiling in the NBA’s summer league for two spells. But earlier this year, the 26-year-old Nogueira found himself out of the NBA and training in Sao Paulo, Brazil, hoping for a return to the top basketball league in the world. Nogueira has been dealing with depression since late last year.
“Everyone found out through the media. Maybe [Kyle] Lowry knew it already because they were inseparable. If you’re not a communicative guy like myself, it’s hard to share this stuff with other people. Everyone got scared, you know? A guy with his athleticism, technique and status we think cannot suffer with this. No one had the opportunity to talk to him just like they didn’t talk to me either. I was pretty bad in May. It got worse in September, then I decided to come back to Brazil,” Nogueira revealed.
Nogueira is now training in Sao Paulo and has had some calls from the NBA, he said. His plan is to be good to go by June so he could participate in tryouts and pre-season games. Is he ready to go back to the NBA? “If you asked me the same question four months ago, I’d say I didn’t know. Now I say I will be back. What makes me so confident is my training and my attitude. I’m ready for the challenge like I’ve never been,” he explained. Nogueira will play for Brazil in the Fiba World Cup in August in China.
Fuenlabrada have signed the center that they wanted, it is Lucas Nogueira, as we have been able to confirm on our website. … The 7-foot 26-year-old ended his relationship with Toronto Raptors this summer after four seasons with the Canadian franchise. He was pushing options in the NBA but these weeks he also heard proposals in Europe.
Emiliano Carchia: I can confirm that Lucas Nogueira to Fuenlabrada is a done deal, a source told Sportando. Nogueira spent the past four seasons with the Toronto Raptors. Encestando first reported the deal between the two sides
The Raptors have been on the hunt for an experienced big man to round out Nick Nurse’s rotation. They’ve looked at several available bigs over the past few weeks, including their own free agent Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira (whose Raptors tenure has almost certainly come to an end), but Monroe was their primary target.
VanVleet is 24, and will be among a crowd of restricted free agents who should get more attention than usual this year because so many teams are tight against the luxury tax, including Toronto. VanVleet is likely to command an offer in the $12 million-per-year range, and matching it would require the Raptors to shell out exponentially more than the contract’s value — around an extra $20 million in taxes for the first season. Center Lucas Nogueira is the only other free-agent decision to be made. He can be a restricted free agent and has a $4.1 million qualifying offer for next year.
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