According to the Shams Charania, the NBA rumour heir apparent, the Raptors have reportedly agreed to trade Bruno Caboclo (yes, the one and only) to the Sacramento Kings (of course) for Malachi Richardson.
Toronto is finalizing deal to send Bruno Caboclo to Sacramento for Malachi Richardson, league sources tell Yahoo.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 8, 2018
This trade sets an unprecedented record: it’s a move with the lowest impact that will undoubtedly reverberate loudly across the entirety of the Raptors fan base. We were, after all, but one year away.
In case you are curious, Richardson is a 22 years old, 6’6” shooting guard, and a former 22nd overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In his first two seasons with the Kings, he’s appeared in a total of 47 games, averaging 3.5 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, and 0.3 steals, while shooting 37 percent from the field, 30 percent from three, and 78 percent from the line. Clearly, there’s work to be done here.
What this trade means for the Raptors roster as currently constructed is also clear: they get another cost-controlled young wing to go with their collective (Richardson has one more year after this one on his rookie deal, with a team option in 2019-20), with little else changing in terms of actual on-court play.
But the trade also puts an end to one of the more ridiculous (and oddly tantalizing) careers in Raptors history. Team President Masai Ujiri took a big swing on the pick back in 2015, and it appears he is admitting to have whiffed on it. Bruno Caboclo was always going to be two years away from being two years away.
And now, sadly, we’ll never get to see the next step of his journey — such as it is.