The deal was basically an exchange of two former first-round
picks from the 2004 draft that so far have not panned out in the
Toronto took Araujo, the Mountain West Conference co-player of
the year, with the No. 8 overall pick in the draft. The Jazz
selected Humphries, the freshman of the year in the Big Ten, six
spots later. Araujo has averaged 2.9 points and three rebounds in
111 NBA games with the Raptors and Humphries has averaged 3.6
points and 2.7 rebounds in 129 games.
Toronto fans often booed the 6-foot-10 Araujo, who said in a
conference call he welcomed the move back to Utah.
"I cannot say I'm a different player. I think I'm just more
mature," Araujo said. "Sometimes it doesn't work for you how you
think it should be working."
Araujo plans to return to Utah for the Rocky Mountain Revue
summer league, then play for the Brazilian national team. He's
spending the early summer in southern California, where he is
working out with a trainer and improve his conditioning.
He'll need it to play for Utah coach Jerry Sloan.
The Jazz hope giving Araujo another chance fills a need Utah has
at center. Jarron Collins, who started half the season at center,
is a free agent and backup Greg Ostertag announced after the season
he would retire. Whaley, who can also play forward, played in just
23 games last season.
"We wish Rafael well and feel this will be a positive move for
both teams," Toronto general manager Bryan Colangelo said.
Colangelo replaced Rob Babcock, who was fired in January by the
Raptors in part because of Araujo's struggles.
Araujo will be playing about 45 miles north of Provo, where he
played two seasons at BYU and averaged 18.4 points and 10.1
rebounds in 2003-04. He shot 57 percent from the field and made 72
percent of his free throws.
"One day fans boo you. Another day fans cheer you," he said.
"I think that's part of sports."