Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors open up season with win over Hawks

    Toronto Sun "The conversation between Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan as their lockers were surrounded following a season opening win over Atlanta told the tale. DeRozan took a quick look around at the media types encircling both his own and Lowry’s lockers and looked at his neighbour, raised his eyebrows and..." October 30

  • Adam Silver Wants To Help Set Rules For Legalized Sports Gambling

    ThePostGame.com "In Adam Silver's opinion, the current gambling laws aren't stopping fans from betting on sports -- they're only restricting domestic opportunities. As sports gambling in New Jersey inches closer to a reality, Silver believes now is the time to start accepting the "inevitable" future. The NBA..." October 30

  • PSD’s 2014-2015 NBA Eastern Conference Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    After a summer of endless drama highlighted by the return of a prodigal son, the Eastern Conference hierarchy looks completely different than it did in June and after a simply disastrous showing last year it appears things will be more competitive this season. October 29

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Scheduled days of rest for Lowry and DeRozan, they didn't participate in today's open practice. Amir (ankle) sat out as a precaution

  • Bruno gets start, then gets schooled against Celtics

    Toronto Sun "The grand unveiling of Bruno Caboclo was not a rousing success, but rather a step in what will be a long road. The Raptors gave all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan the night off in Maine on Wednesday and inserted Caboclo in at small forward, with Terrence Ross moving back to guard. Caboclo..." October 16

  • NBA May Base Teams in Europe If Arenas Meet League’s Standards

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16

  • Why Jose Calderon’s ex-coach keeps calling him ‘beautiful’

    New York Post "Raptors coach Dwane Casey was chatting with reporters, talking about a “great guy, one of those guys you remember as a player.” Seconds later, the object of Casey’s praise, Knicks point guard Jose Calderon (eight points, four assists), stepped up to say hello to his former coach. “Hey, I was..." October 15

  • Raptors Exercise Team Options On Valanciunas And Ross

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the fourth-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of centre Jonas Valanciunas and forward-guard Terrence Ross. The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season. In accordance with the league’s..." October 14

  • Raptors to focus on transition game

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors intend to speed things up this season. With an extremely deep team and a lot of young legs, that makes a lot of sense. “We think we can have a better transition game this year,” assistant coach Tom Sterner said after practice on Saturday. “We can do a better job off of steals..." October 13

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    Jay Satur @jaysatur

    RT @JLew1050: Stiemsma passed the league's concussion tests and is cleared to return, has been practicing in full this weekend

  • Report: Referees to focus on illegal screens, verticality this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12

  • Raptors want Jonas Valanciunas to become best defender in the league

    National Post "The first chapter of the little-known self-help book, How To Win Over Your Defensive-Minded Coach, details some quick tips for gaining said affection. A key take away: Allowing the Sacramento Kings to score 113 points on 55% shooting in the second pretend game of the season will not endear a team..." October 12

  • Raptors defence needs 'better focus'

    Toronto Sun "It has been five months since the Raptors last played at the ACC and fans might not like what they see if head coach Dwane Casey is to be believed. The Raptors will enter the 2014-15 season with big goals, which is why the team’s defensive taskmaster of a head coach is refusing to pull any..." October 10

  • Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri on Kyle Lowry: ‘I’m not trading him’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Just eight months ago, Kyle Lowry trade rumors were still popping up. In the weeks before, they were inescapable. The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Warriors were all linked to the Toronto point guard. But the Raptors held onto Lowry – wisely. He led them to the East Conference’s third-best record..." October 07

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    Paul Jones @Paul__Jones

    Casey: James Johnson was great today at the 4 spot by keeping it simple. Rebounding and defence #Raptors #rtz

  • Valanciunas focused on better protecting the rim

    Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Raptors, according to head coach Dwane Casey, were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season when it came to protecting the rim. He noted that, while Toronto did a decent job running teams off the three-point line, his club struggled too often with the opposition getting into the..." October 03

  • Updated NBA season win totals released

    Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    In the hopes of becoming an ambidextrous player, DeRozan said he wrote the alphabet with his left hand almost everyday during the summer

  • How Kyle Lowry Found Trust in Toronto

    Grantland "he biggest play of Kyle Lowry’s life was doomed from the start. He had led the Toronto Raptors into the closing seconds of Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. Lowry approached a moment that nearly every player covets. Toronto trailed by..." September 24

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    David Pick @IAmDPick

    Raptors SL forward Darington Hobson, a former draftee, signs with Brasilia in Brazil. I'm told deal includes NBA & Euro outs.

  • Terrence Ross looks to take his game to new heights

    Toronto Star "If there has been one point hammered home to Terrence Ross in his short NBA career, it is the importance of summer time self-improvement. All he had to do was watch the transformation and growth of teammate DeMar DeRozan, whose summer has elevated his game to unexpected heights, to see the..." September 20

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri weighs in on the Danny Ferry controversy

    The Globe and Mail "Danny Ferry thinks Luol Deng “has a little African in him.” Ferry is the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks. Luol is an NBA star. That was one of the things Ferry said about Luol when he was assessing him as a potential recruit during a conference call with his ownership. As you may have..." September 12

  • Lou Williams ‘really liked’ message sent by Raptors GM before Game 1 of playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Raptors have turned things around relatively quickly since new GM Masai Ujiri came to town, not only making the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but also playing well enough once they got there to take the Nets to seven games before being eliminated in the first round. The team had a..." September 06

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    One-year, $1 million deal from Greg Stiemsma in Toronto is the word

  • 62d
    Lucas Nogueira @Lucasriva_bebe

    Amazing opportunity to learn from Hakeem @DR34M this week #TheDream #WeTheNorth @Raptors @NBA pic.twitter.com/j3zAyEvxV7

  • NBA adding extra space along the baseline to increase safety

    SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26

  • Raptors rookie Bruno Caboclo’s next step in rapid development? Experience against NBA players

    Toronto Star "Bruno Caboclo still has that beaming smile, those shockingly long arms and more long-term promise than all but a handful of teenage basketball prodigies. His English is coming along slowly but surely, and his summer of development both personally and professionally is going according to..." August 21

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    Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

    Free agent Jordan Hamilton has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league source tells RealGM.

  • NBA releases 2014-2015 schedule: Spurs host Mavs in season opener

    CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13

  • NBA offered to drop Raptors' fine if they'd fire Drake

    SB Nation "On Monday, we learned that the NBA fined the Raptors $25,000 due to a tampering violation by official ambassador Drake. The rapper invited Kevin Durant to join the team during his big Toronto music festival recently with the reigning MVP in attendance. Fans chanted and everything. The NBA is..." August 13

  • Report: Raptors talk with Rochester team, want D-League affiliate

    CBSSports.com "The Toronto Raptors are in talks with the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League about becoming their NBA D-League affiliate, according to Time Warner Cable News Rochester. The D-League has 18 teams, and 17 of them have single-affiliation relationships with NBA franchises. The..." August 13

  • Raptors fined $25,000 for Drake comments on Kevin Durant

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments rap star Drake made about NBA MVP Kevin Durant at last weekend’s OVO Fest that the league has deemed a violation of anti-tampering rules. Drake, official global ambassador for the Raptors since last September, asked the concert crowd how..." August 11

  • Raptors second-round pick DeAndre Daniels to play in Australia

    CBSSports.com "After being selected with the 50th pick in the second round of the 2013 draft and being traded to the Miami Heat organization, James Ennis spent the 2013-14 season playing in Australia for the Perth Wildcats. He had a successful season in Perth, improved his game, and has found his way onto the..." August 09

  • Drake, Raptors' global ambassador, recruits Kevin Durant

    CBSSports.com "Rapper Drake is doing his part as a fan of the Toronto Raptors. When Kevin Durant is a free agent in 2016, he'll be the most sought-after free agent on the market since LeBron James in 2010. As an up-and-coming team in a big market in North America, the Raptors could be a very attractive place for..." August 05

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    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    Raptors make signings of Lucas Nogueira and Will Cherry official

  • How the Raptors found — and fell in love with — Bruno Caboclo

    SI.com "Cobbling together mock drafts is an inexact science. For most mock drafters -- this one included -- projecting a 30-player first round requires a combination of exhaustive reporting, scouting and, frankly, guesswork. But even then, it’s a challenge. Team executives are, understandably, guarded..." August 01

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    Marc J. Spears @SpearsNBAYahoo

    Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo.

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Wall was natural invite for USA Basketball and joins Chandler Parsons and DeMar DeRozan as additions to initial Team USA roster from January

  • NBA Union Spent $5.4 Million on Audit of Boss Hunter

    Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23

  • Sources: NBA warned touring stars of participating in events in Manila

    Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Raptors waive Dwight Buycks and Diante Garrett, as expected. Both non-guaranteed contracts. Roster stands at 13. Nogueira would make it 14

  • 104d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    17 months removed from serious knee surgery, Lou Williams says he's feeling good. Close to 100%. Called last year the toughest of his career

  • Tracy McGrady 'retires' from baseball after first strikeout

    CBSSports.com "As we've noted before, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady tried his hand at pitching this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters (Independent league, not affiliated with MLB). And now he's announced that he's retiring. McGrady's final outing came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, in which he..." July 17

  • Adam Silver considering NBA midseason tournament

    SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16

  • NBA seeks a $15 Billion TV rights deal

    The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15

  • Impaired Driving Charges Dropped Against Valanciunas

    TSN.ca "An impaired driving charge against Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been dropped, according to CP24. Valanciunas was arrested in April in Wasaga Beach, Ont., just prior to the start of the Raptors' first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets and charged with having more..." July 15

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    David Aldridge @daldridgetnt

    FA guard Anthony Morrow still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns, per source. All willing to use some portion of MLE.

  • 112d
    Dan Gladman @dgontheroad

    Kyle Lowry: "I didn't want to wait for everyone else. I wanted to make my own decision. I made it on the first day. It was that easy."

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