JeffB

 
@MikeAScotto

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a deal with Sagaba Konate (West Virginia), a league source told @TheAthleticNBA.

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JeffB
@BlakeMurphyODC
Konate was another low-radar guy in 2018-19 thanks to an injury that limited him to 8 games. He'd tested the waters in 2018 (after a good tourney) and then did the G League Elite Camp. Raptors didn't officially work him out, but taking a flier on athleticism/shot-blocking.
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The Statistic
This guy went viral, could be huge for us.
Really happy with the results of this draft.
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DocHolliday
I'm assuming this is a camp deal? or Exhibit 10?  
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JeffB
DocHolliday wrote:
I'm assuming this is a camp deal? or Exhibit 10?  



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@BlakeMurphyODC
Konate, by the way, only started playing basketball in 2014.

Sounds like this is an Exhibit 10 deal (chance to make team, no guarantee, $50K if he's cut and stays in G League, 2-way conversion possible).
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DocHolliday
Thanks 😉

Wow, he really started playing late..
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JeffB
DocHolliday wrote:
Thanks 😉

Wow, he really started playing late..


He has a chance to be a Byiombo kind of player imo. Shot blocker, role player with good energy. Seems to have a little more offensive skills than BB.
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Demaross
Those 2 handed blocks are nasty. Will be interesting to see how he does in summer league.
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MikeToronto
Demaross wrote:
Those 2 handed blocks are nasty. Will be interesting to see how he does in summer league.


Leo will be happy. Sagaba should be able to basically grab those balls out of the thin air. :)
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Demaross
I wish they would fire Leo Rautins. Why do they keep him? He makes Paul Pierce sound normal.
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JeffB
Demaross wrote:
I wish they would fire Leo Rautins. Why do they keep him? He makes Paul Pierce sound normal.


Leo has been there since 1995. I doubt he anywhere anytime soon.
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MikeToronto
Demaross wrote:
I wish they would fire Leo Rautins. Why do they keep him? He makes Paul Pierce sound normal.


At least he is a cheerful idiot.
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Jakkal
Was reviewing Konate videos and I'd totally forgotten we'd signed Lindell Wiggington to a summer deal at the same time. Anyone know what happened to him?

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Philosoraptor
I was reading up on Sagaba Konate (aka Sags) in a Western Virginia Uni forum.

1st of all the Fans loved his talent and they saw him leading the team to a championship.

However, I learned a few things that are least a little concerning;

During his 2nd year & last, the fans suggest he faked an injury or exaggerated one

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There was certainly much drama surrounding Sags.  I don’t know that he faked an injury.  But it was certainly curious that he had his best game then shut it down, walked off the court and the next day was on crutches/brace on the OUTSIDE of his pants.  Then the cell phone incident wasn’t very timely. Along with Huggs IMO tongue in cheek comment that they are working on a Med RS 


The accusation is that his family influenced him to shut down and enter the NBA draft.

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- He did give us 2 solid years, then got some bad advice from his family.  When you come from his background, family trumps all.
- If Sags is able to keep his family out of his ear he’ll be much better off.  But it may be too late.


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One of the comments from the scouts was that when he made a big play on D he screamed.  Couldn’t keep his emotions to himself.  It was said that that emotional display was a show of immaturity.


Sounds like he is passionate and maybe he will need to reign that in a little but Raps could use that energy & shot blocking.
Interested to see this kid progress



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LX
I threw a piece on him by Blake Murphy over here

https://www.torontoraptorsforum.com/post/player-discussion-sagaba-konate-10253131?pid=1309377695

It sounds a bit like a Kawhi situation.
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