The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have acquired guard Lou Williams and the draft rights to centre Lucas Nogueira (new-GAY-ruh) from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for guard-forward John Salmons and a 2015 second-round draft pick.
Williams, 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, averaged 10.4 points, 3.5 assists and 24.1 minutes in 60 games last season for the Hawks. He signed with Atlanta as a free agent July 12, 2012. The nine-year NBA veteran was drafted out of South Gwinnett High School by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2005 NBA Draft.
In 554 career games (54 starts), Williams has averaged 11.4 points, 3.1 assists and 22.6 minutes. He has seen action in 37 career postseason games averaging 10.6 points, 2.5 assists and 24.5 minutes.
Nogueira, 7-foot, 220 pounds was selected 16th overall by the Boston Celtics in the 2013 NBA Draft. His draft rights were traded on draft night to Dallas and then to Atlanta.
Nogueira has played since 2009 with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain’s Liga ACB. The native of Sao Goncalo, Brazil averaged 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 16.0 minutes in 18 games during the 2013-14 season. He scored in double figures on 10 occasions and had nine games with two or more blocks. At the 2011 U19 World Championships, he averaged 9.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in eight outings. He also competed for the Hawks’ entry in the 2013 Las Vegas NBA Summer League where he contributed 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 21.7 minutes in five contests.
The Raptors acquired Salmons from Sacramento on December 9, 2013 in a seven-player trade. He averaged 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 21.3 minutes in 60 games with Toronto. He saw action in six of the club’s seven playoff games versus Brooklyn, averaging 2.2 points, 1.0 rebounds and 12.8 minutes.