Raps deal Araujo to Jazz

MIKE KOREEN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Brazilian bust is a goner.

Centre Rafael (Hoffa) Araujo, the maligned first-round pick of ex-Raptors general manager Rob Babcock in 2004, was traded to the Utah Jazz by president/GM Bryan Colangelo yesterday after two underwhelming seasons in Toronto.

In return, the Raptors received fellow 2004 first-rounder Kris Humphries, a little-used, low-producing forward, and centre Robert Whaley, who will be waived by the team.

Colangelo hinted there could be more roster moves in the coming weeks.

"One of the first things I realized when I came to Toronto is there was a need to overhaul the roster," Colangelo said after attending the NBA's pre-draft camp at Walt Disney World Resort yesterday. "One of the things I felt was pretty apparent was that, although Hoffa as a high draft pick had high expectations, circumstances would not let him realize that potential, at least in Toronto. This move hopefully will work out well for him and work out well for us."

Araujo became a target for boobirds in Toronto as fans discovered the eighth overall pick in 2004 was not the answer in the middle.

Colangelo said the Raptors, under interim general manager Wayne Embry, had discussed trading Araujo at the trade deadline and the opportunity re-presented itself at pre-draft camp. Araujo's agents had told Colangelo they felt their client would be better off elsewhere and the GM agreed.

It will be a homecoming for Araujo with the Jazz as he played college ball at Brigham Young University in Utah.

"I don't think I (had) a fair chance (in Toronto), but I never worry about it," he said. "I worked hard every day and tried to improve ... When I heard, I was so excited. I wasn't thinking it would (happen).

"It's a great opportunity to go back to (Utah). To have an opportunity to play in the state of Utah, play for the Utah Jazz one day, it's a dream come true."

The 6-foot-9 Humphries, who was picked six spots after Araujo in 2004, averaged 3.6 points and 2.7 rebounds in 11.6 minutes in 116 games with the Jazz after coming out of the University of Minnesota as a freshman. He is coming to Toronto today for a physical.

"I felt like I had some really good games, but I didn't get a lot of playing time," Humphries said.

"But I learned a lot and became a better player. This is a chance to come and prove myself and show I can contribute."


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