In his third year with the Raptors, Lucas Nogueira was finally able to garner a role in the regular rotation, averaging 19.1 minutes over 57 games, which was more than double the 7.8 minutes he saw during his sophomore season. However, it didn't necessarily result in a big increase in production, as he added just 4.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.6 blocks, while shooting 66 percent from the floor. The addition of Serge Ibaka at the trade deadline was particularly damaging, as Nogueira ended up playing in just nine of 32 games from Mar. 1 through the end of the playoffs. With Ibaka re-signing to a three-year, $65 million contract and Jonas Valanciunas returning as well, Nogueira will have to battle with the likes of Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam for the leftovers off the bench at both power forward and center. The departure of Patrick Patterson could open up a few extra minutes, but Nogueira's role is still unlikely to expand much in his fourth NBA season.
Nogueira finished with one rebound in just three minutes during Monday's 131-112 victory over the Magic. Nogueira has taken a back seat in the Raptors' big man rotation since the arrivals of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker just before the trade deadline. He's played in just four of the team's past 14 outings, averaging 4.5 minutes per game when he does see the floor. He should probably be let go in nearly every fantasy format, as there doesn't seem to be an indication that coach Dwane Casey will start to integrate him back into the rotation any time soon.
Nogueira put up seven points (3-4 FG, 1-3 FT), three rebounds and one steal across 25 minutes in a 105-94 loss to the Bulls on Tuesday. After he was deployed almost exclusively as a backup to starting center Jonas Valanciunas earlier in the season, Nogueira has seen his court time expand since the first half of January while picking up extra minutes at power forward. Patrick Patterson's (knee) injury woes along with coach Dwane Casey's unwillingness to hand Jared Sullinger extended playing time has worked to Nogueira's benefit, but it might not be long before he settles back in at center permanently. The Raptors acquired Serge Ibaka on Tuesday and expect to have him available for Wednesday's tilt with the Hornets. While Ibaka isn't a lock to start or play major minutes in his first game with his new team, it won't be long before he takes on a regular 30-minute role with the top unit, resulting in less time at power forward for Nogueira and Patterson.
Nogueira will come off the bench in Tuesday's game against the Spurs. Nogueira started in the team's loss to the Suns and ended up recording 13 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes. But, with Jared Sullinger assumed to be getting healthier by the day, he will draw his first start of the regular season Tuesday. Look for Nogueira and Patrick Patterson to split the reserve frontcourt minutes against the Spurs.
Nogueira (concussion) started at power forward and posted 13 points (5-5 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal across 35 minutes in a 115-103 loss to the Suns. The Raptors wasted no time in reintegrating Nogueira back into the lineup following a two-game absence, as he took back a spot on the top unit while seeing more minutes than any other frontcourt player. Nogueira should surrender some playing time when Patrick Patterson (knee) is healthy again and Jared Sullinger's restrictions are lifted, but in the short term, it looks as though he'll hold down a starting role.
Nogueira passed the NBA's concussion protocol and will be available for Sunday's game against the Suns. Nogueira missed back-to-back games due to concussion symptoms, but he'll be back in the lineup Sunday providing depth in the Raptors' frontcourt. Patrick Patterson (knee) has been ruled out, so Nogueira could see an increased workload.
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