Raptors Rumors & News

  • Shaq, Iverson among finalists for 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class

    The Score "Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson were among the 14 names announced as finalists for the 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class on Friday afternoon. The finalists for basketball's highest distinction include: Shaquille O'Neal Allen Iverson Kevin Johnson Sheryl Swoopes Eddie Sutton..." February 12

  • Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have emerged as the best threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference and have been active in searching for an upgrade at power forward. The Raptors, sources say, have had exploratory discussions to gauge the possibility of acquiring Denver's Kenneth Faried,..." February 12

  • NBA committee seeks feedback for corporate logos on jerseys

    ESPN "The NBA is moving a step closer to putting advertisements on jerseys. Sources told ESPN.com that the league sent out a memo this week, ahead of the owners meeting Sunday at the All-Star Game in Toronto, where the topic of putting corporate logos on uniforms is expected to be..." February 12

  • Down 18, Wolves storm back to beat Toronto

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Toronto Raptors veterans DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry flew home by chartered flight late Wednesday night to play together for the Eastern Conference in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game back at their Air Canada Centre. Timberwolves youngsters Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins will schlep their..." February 11

  • DeMar DeRozan planning to stick with Raptors

    ESPN "Eastern Conference All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan says it will be "pretty tough" for interested teams to steal him away from the Raptors in free agency this summer. "My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said in an interview that will air in full on Saturday's Meet the..." February 11

  • Chris Bosh on road to recovery, All-Star return to Toronto

    ESPN "The appreciative smile comes easy now for Chris Bosh. The versatile Miami Heat forward embraces the subtle humor he finds in those moments that once haunted him. This time exactly a year ago, Bosh sat shirtless in front of his locker after a demoralizing loss to former teammate LeBron James and..." February 11

  • The Raptors are interested in the Nets' Thaddeus Young

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors players may be looking forward to tonight's game against Minnesota and the party that is All-Star Weekend, but Raptors management is trying to make moves. As reported by ESPN's Brian Windhorst today on TSN Drive with Dave Naylor and Derek Taylor, the Raptors are apparently getting..." February 11

  • Another solid effort as Raptors roll over Pistons

    Toronto Sun "Those of you still waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Raptors’ season are going to have to keep waiting. And you might be waiting a long time. There is little evidence that this team is anything but the squad that has rolled out to a 35-16 record through its first 51 games. The..." February 09

  • How Spike Lee, the NBA commissioner and ESPN took a stand on gun violence

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "In late October, the film director Spike Lee visited the National Basketball Association's Manhattan headquarters to discuss a bold idea. He had, for months, wanted to produce a commercial that would denounce gun violence in America. It is perhaps the most polarizing subject in the country, but..." February 09

  • Toronto taxi drivers prepared to strike during NBA All-Star weekend

    Sporting News "The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday in Toronto. Unfortunately for fans visiting the city for the weekend, they may have a hard time getting around. To protest the presence of Uber, Toronto taxi drivers are preparing to strike during All-Star weekend. NBA All-Star events will take place beginning..." February 08

  • Raptors end long losing streak in Portland

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors exorcised another demon on Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest, beating the Trail Blazers in Portland for the first time since 2006, 110-103. Against a surging Blazers squad that had won five straight, the Raptors blasted out of the gate with a season-high 37 points, then fought..." February 05

  • Silver says changes coming to Hack-A-Shaq rule

    USA Today "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s evolving opinion of Hack-A-Player indicates there may be changes to the increasingly practiced and increasingly reviled strategy. After months of media debate, putrid foul shooting, lengthy games and fan discontent, Silver told USA TODAY Sports in an NBA A to Z..." February 05

  • NBA All-Star Saturday Night: LaVine, Curry back to defend their titles

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced its All-Star Weekend participants Thursday, including who will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-Point Shootout and the skills competition. Slam Dunk Defending champion Zach LaVine leads the field after last year's electrifying performance. His challengers include..." February 05

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Toronto, I'm told, also showing interest in Suns' Markieff Morris; PHX widely seen as a LOCK to do at least one deal before Feb. 18 deadline

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say Toronto is among the teams expressing trade interest in Suns swingman P.J. Tucker in advance of the Feb. 18 trade deadline

  • Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors over Suns

    Toronto Sun "On the day they were honoured as co-Eastern conference players of the month, Toronto’s dynamic duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the team to what they hope is the start of another winning streak. A night after the 11-game run was ended by a poor effort against the Denver Nuggets, the..." February 03

  • Raptors interested in Suns' Morris and Tucker

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors are one of the teams expressing interest in Phoenix Suns forwards Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Both are known to be available with the Suns effectively out of postseason contention. Morris is believed to have worn out his welcome in the..." February 03

  • The Raptors looked great in January, again. Will they still look great in April and May?

    SB Nation "It's not just the recent 11-game win-streak that has the now 33-16 Toronto Raptors seeming like a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Impressive runs are common in the NBA, and while winning 11 consecutive games is certainly impressive, it's not necessarily a..." February 03

  • Nikola Jokic stars in Nuggets' blowout win over Toronto

    Denver Post "Of all the things that have impressed Nuggets coach Michael Malone about rookie center Nikola Jokic this season, it may be the Serbian big man's ability to fuel offensive movement that has stood out the most. "I trust him 100 percent with the ball in his hands," Malone said of Jokic before the..." February 02

  • NBA 2K basketball video game sued over use of player tattoos

    New York Daily News "The makers of hit video game series NBA 2K have been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit for using images of several NBA players’ body art — including four of LeBron James’ tattoos — without permission. Solid Oak Sketches claims Take-Two Interactive Software has used eight of its..." February 02

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Jonas Valanciunas will start tonight at Denver. He was originally listed as questionable with a sprained right thumb. #rtz

  • Jonas Valanciunas sprains thumb, listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver

    Raptors HQ "The title says it all. Apparently Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors has sprained his thumb. While the young big man practised with the team, he's listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver. As per the Toronto Star's Chris O'Leary I wager that Jonas plays in the game, at least in some..." February 01

  • How players are controlling their own media and what it means for the NBA

    CBS Sports "During an otherwise inconsequential regular season game in March 2009, then-Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva did something unusual. He posted the following tweet from the locker room at halftime. The ensuing media coverage of this apparent indiscretion is pure comedy when you read..." February 01

  • Raptors edge Pistons for 11th straight victory

    Toronto Star "It wasn’t pretty by any means — gruesome and long, painful and lackadaisical would be better words that come to mind in its aftermath — and perhaps there will be lessons learned but, if not, so be it because there can be no complaints about the ultimate result. The Toronto Raptors won..." January 31

  • With win over Knicks, Raptors grab franchise record 10th straight win

    Toronto Star "On a night when No. 10 got his just due from the NBA, it was appropriate that his team took a step into history with the same number. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points hours after being named a reserve for the NBA all-star game and the Raptors downed the visiting New York Knicks 103-93. The..." January 29

  • All-Star Reserves Announced

    NBA.com "Millions of fan votes decided who the starters would be for the 65th NBA All-Star Game next month in Toronto. Only 12 to 14 were required, from coaches around the league, were required to decide the 14 other players who would fill out the rosters for the Eastern and Western Conference..." January 29

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    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    East All Star reserves: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas

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    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Western Conference reserves: Draymond Green, James Harden, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Aldridge. No Dirk.

  • Should The Toronto Raptors Make A Play For Blake Griffin?

    Complex "It’s been a chaotic week in the NBA with Cleveland firing David Blatt and the Los Angeles Clippers looking like they’re imploding, what with Blake Griffin breaking his hand while clocking the equipment manager and everything. In the midst of all that craziness, the Toronto Raptors have..." January 28

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to reevaluate fan voting for All-Star Game

    USA Today "Since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially took over for David Stern during All-Star weekend nearly two years ago, his willingness to consider any and all changes that would improve the league has been one of the hallmarks of his tenure. That ideology, it appears, will apply to the All-Star..." January 28

  • Kyle Lowry injures wrist vs. Wizards; X-rays negative

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors tied a franchise record with their ninth straight victory following a win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. However, all anyone at the Air Canada Centre could think about afterward was the health of Eastern Conference All-Star starter Kyle Lowry. Leading by 17 with..." January 27

  • Raptors tie franchise record with ninth straight win by beating Wizards

    Toronto Star "No one really expected anything else when Kyle Lowry got up from his locker room seat at the urging of DeMar DeRozan. “I’m fine” were the first words out of Lowry’s mouth. “Thanks for asking, DeMar, I’m fine.” Lowry had done something to his wrist late in the Toronto Raptors’ easy 106-89..." January 27

  • Raptors defeat Clippers for eighth straight victory

    Toronto Star "Most nights it’s one guy or maybe two who have produced while others have struggled and the inconsistency of the Toronto Raptors’ bench has been a thing every now and then, even though the team has survived well enough. But on a night when four guys have it going at the same time, it’s all fun..." January 25

  • Raptors looking to add Lee?

    Sportsnet "The NBA’s Feb. 18 trade deadline is less than a month away and the hot stove is beginning to warm up. Here’s some of the latest buzz from around the league. Celtics, Raptors working on a deal? The Skinny: Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Boston Celtics are looking to move..." January 24

  • Raptors manhandle short-handed Miami Heat

    Toronto Star "DeMar DeRozan is under no illusions about what he is as a basketball player and where his strengths lie — he is a driver and a mid-range shooter and one of the best in the NBA at drawing contact and creating fouls. But it is to dream right? And after one of the best long-distance shooting..." January 23

  • Does Chris Bosh expect a better reception in Toronto? Not really.

    Miami Herald "It didn't get the attention of LeBron James' return to a feral, ferocious Cleveland, back on Dec. 2, 2010, but Chris Bosh's first trip back to Toronto -- back on Feb. 16, 2011 -- wasn't all that welcoming an experience either. Bosh scored 25 points in that win, against the franchise for which..." January 22

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    Sporting News NBA @sn_nba

    Eastern Conference All-Star Game Starters: G: K. Lowry G: D. Wade F: L. James F: P. George F: C. Anthony

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    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Western Conference All-Star Starters: Stephen Curry (GSW) Russell Westbrook (OKC) Kobe Bryant (LAL) Kawhi Leonard (SAS) Kevin Durant (OKC)

  • Unpredictable Raptors top Celtics, win sixth straight

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors can't say Dwane Casey failed to send a warning before Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics. “We can't play two out of four quarters,” Casey had said a day earlier. “We need to string them together. If not, it's going to be a long evening." The Raptors again showcased the..." January 21

  • This simple rule change will end the intentional fouling epidemic in the NBA

    SB Nation "On Wednesday, the Rockets intentionally fouled Andre Drummond 12 times in a row to start the third quarter. This included intentionally putting the Pistons into the bonus using an end-of-the-bench player for the first five fouls. This is not basketball. While intentional fouling is only an..." January 21

  • The Big Shorts: An era in basketball fashion is coming to an end

    Washington Post "Jerry West, the model for the logo of the National Basketball Association, wore basketball shorts the length of loincloths. Michael Jordan inspired a major alteration when he appealed for a longer and baggier cut. Then a group of freshmen at the University of Michigan known as the “Fab Five”..." January 21

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Will Explore the Idea of Weekday Morning Games

    Complex "Imagine a world where you have a day off from work, wake up a little later than usual, grab a bowl of cereal, turn on the TV and watch a live NBA game. Sounds too good to be true? It could become a reality. It's an interesting approach by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, but do the positives..." January 21

  • Forbes: Knicks, worth $3 billion, pass Lakers as NBA’s most valuable team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Five years ago, Forbes named the Knicks the NBA’s most valuable team, appraising them at $655 million. Now, that would barely top the last-place Pelicans. Forbes released its latest valuations of NBA teams today, and the Knicks ($3 billion) overtook the Lakers ($2.7 billion) for the top..." January 20

  • Stephen Curry No. 1 On Jersey Sales List, Kristaps Porzingis No. 4

    Real GM Basketball "Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors retained top honors on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists. Results are based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2015 through December 2015 and reflect a record-breaking holiday shopping season. NBAStore.com had its largest Black..." January 20

  • David Lee on Raptors' radar?

    Hoops Hype "The problem for Boston is that it’s difficult to move Lee’s $15.4 million contract without any long-term cap impact. Their desire to keep their flexibility and not take on long-term money is something the Celtics have made clear to inquiring teams. " January 20

  • DeRozan on display as Raptors take down Nets

    Toronto Star "They are not overly dynamic, nor do they produce the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the jaw-dropping athletes who can dominate the game. But the ruthless efficiency of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is becoming the trademark of what’s looking like a tremendous Toronto Raptors team. They go about their..." January 19

  • USA Basketball Announces 30 Finalists For 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

    USA Basketball "Three-time Olympic medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) headline the list of 30 finalists today named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The player selections were approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. The..." January 18

  • Kyle Lowry: DeMar DeRozan stopped Raptors from making black and gold main colors

    Pro Basketball Talk "A couple years ago, the Raptors were considering changing their colors to black and gold. As we know now, they kept red as a primary color. They just created a Drake-inspired black-and-gold alternate jersey to go with home whites and road reds. Why didn’t the Raptors go full..." January 15

  • Raptors bench the x-factor in overseas win over Magic

    Toronto Sun "It was the kind of night that had Kyle Lowry throwing the stat sheet in the garbage and still smiling about it. Lowry and the Raptors are heading back to Toronto today happy to have gotten out of here with a win. They leave behind a rabid NBA fan base that deservedly received a bonus five..." January 15

  • Adam Silver says NBA may eventually schedule morning games to accommodate international audiences

    SB Nation "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will consider experimenting with scheduling games during the morning on week days to accommodate the international audience, according to USA Today's Jeff Zilgitt. He said this in a press conference prior to Thursday's Raptors-Magic game in..." January 15