Title: Why the Bruno Caboclo deal opens up buyout flexibility for Raptors
Date: February 9, 2018
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I looked at the fiscal fallout of an otherwise minor trade deadline move for the Raptors.
It’s about as unceremonious an end to the NBA’s grand player experiment as there could be: Bruno Caboclo, dealt at the NBA trade deadline in his fourth season, for entirely fiscal reasons. Here is a detailed look at why the Raptors chose to make that move and its salary implications.
Caboclo for Richardson
I went deeper on the trade itself here. I have some feelings about covering Caboclo, the most singularly unique prospect in the NBA’s D/G League era, but I will leave that for another time. A day removed from the deal, there are more pragmatic issues to address.
Foremost: Malachi Richardson is not, as of this writing, much of a prospect. While it’s true he was the No. 22 pick in 2016, he’s shown little, beyond size on the wing, through a season-and-a-half. Some of that may be the Sacramento Kings stink – they haven’t had a cogent development plan for him, and his minutes have been inconsistent with G League run only sporadically mixed in. The Raptors were not incredibly high on Richardson at draft time – they selected Jakob Poeltl ninth and Pascal Siakam 27th that year – with his age relative to his experience (he’s only three months younger than Caboclo despite only one year at college) and the issues he’s had with translating Syracuse production likely standing out.