The Raptors acquired a pair of Brazilian-born prospects last week, pulling a stunner with their selection of power forward Bruno Caboclo at No. 20 overall in the draft and trading for the rights to center Lucas Nogueira, last year’s 16th overall pick. While they seem like strong candidates to be stashed overseas, both are instead expected to join the team for next season, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.
Mystery surrounds Caboclo, who wasn’t among the top 100 prospects in Jonathan Givony’s DraftExpress rankings going into the draft. Still, the 6’8″ 18-year-old apparently drew the attention of multiple NBA teams. The Jazz and Suns were reportedly ready to draft him before the Raptors could snag him with the 37th overall pick, as they’d told Caboclo they would do. So, Toronto made its preemptive strike.
Nogueira spent an injury-plagued 2013/14 with Asefa Estudiantes of Spain, averaging 6.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 16.5 minutes per game in just 18 appearances. The 21-year-old 7-footer nonetheless came away with 1.6 blocks per game in those limited minutes, so he appears to be an intriguing rim protector.
Caboclo is likely to receive a starting salary worth more than $1.458MM on his rookie scale contract, as our table of salaries for first-round picks shows. Nogueira would make the scale amount for this year’s 16th overall pick, even though he was drafted last year, so he’s in line for nearly $1.763MM.