The Toronto Raptors international man of mystery, Bruno Caboclo, met with the Toronto media a few hours ago.
He did some light drillwork, and then spoke to reporters after about everything from how he found out he had been drafted, to his background and life in Brazil. I won't run through the whole piece, but if you want a good summary of his chat with the media, check out my Twitter timeline, @raptorshq.
One piece though that's worth posting here is Michael Grange two-minute analysis of watching Caboclo work out. Sportsnet's Grange is one of the media members who's basketball scouting analysis I tend to trust the most and here was his take on seeing BRUNO in action:
Again, we're talking about a MINUSCULE amount of time spent with the 20th overall pick, but some early observations from the ACC.
Apart from Caboclo talk, the Toronto Raptors are readying themselves for the upcoming free-agent frenzy, and just announced that they've extended qualifying offers to potential free agents Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson and Nando De Colo. From the Raptors' Press Release:
The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday they have extended qualifying offers to restricted free agent guards Greivis Vasquez and Nando De Colo and forward Patrick Patterson. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
In accordance with the league's collective bargaining agreement, in order for a team to retain its rights of first refusal with respect to a restricted free agent it must tender the player a qualifying offer prior to June 30. A restricted free agent may sign an offer sheet with any team, but is subject to a right of first refusal in favour of the team that extended the qualifying offer.
Nothing too surprising here as the Raptors would love to have all three back next season I'm sure.
Whether that's possible given interest from other teams and financial situations, we'll wait and see.