Raptors Rumors & News

  • Thunder wanted Raptors trio, No. 9 pick for Ibaka

    The Score "The Oklahoma City Thunder and Toronto Raptors held trade discussions involving power forward Serge Ibaka. Sportsnet's Michael Grange reports that the Thunder wanted Cory Joseph, Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell, and the No. 9 selection in the 2016 NBA Draft in exchange for the Congo-born rim..." June 30

  • Why Raptors’ negotiation with DeMar DeRozan could be a quick one

    Sportsnet "The power of the NBA’s free agency period is that possibilities seem endless and rarely predictable. It was during this magical time of year that Shaq became a Laker, that Danny Ainge brought together the Big Three in Boston and Pat Riley placed his bag of championship rings on the table in Miami..." June 30

  • Report: Raptors contacted Sixers about Nerlens Noel deal

    The Score "Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors have a backup plan should Bismack Biyombo walk this offseason. The Raptors have approached the Philadelphia 76ers regarding a deal involving big man Nerlens Noel, ESPN's Zach Lowe reports, citing league sources. Toronto is willing to send out a rotation..." June 30

  • Why the Raptors make the most sense for DeRozan

    The Score "Speculation of Toronto Raptors' franchise players fleeing for their hometowns as free agents is nothing new. Once upon a time, Vince Carter was supposedly bound from Toronto to the Orlando Magic, and later Chris Bosh to the Dallas Mavericks or Houston Rockets. With the exception of Tracy McGrady..." June 29

  • With two new rookies, it's time to re-consider the backend of the Raptors rotation

    Raptors HQ "Last season, the Raptors' roster was something of an ongoing experiment. Could a franchise aspiring to rise into the elite ranks of the NBA and contend at a higher level also feature a roster of young players whose value was still very much in question? The Raptors of last season began the year..." June 28

  • Should the Lakers pursue Bismack Biyombo?

    Silver Screen And Roll "Welcome to Lakers LinkedIn, our new free agency preview series (inspired by our friends over at Liberty Ballers' own "Sixers Tinder") where we look at the "resumes" of various free agents, and determine whether or not we think the Lakers' should hire them. The Lakers desperately need a center, so..." June 28

  • Report: At least seven teams interested in Jamal Crawford

    The Sports Daily "There will be no shortage of suitors for free-agent shooting guard Jamal Crawford. At least seven teams are interested in the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, reports Dan Woike of the OC Register. They are the New York Knicks, the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors, the Dallas Mavericks, the..." June 28

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Report: Clips, Warriors among six teams interested in DeRozan

    USA Today "If the Toronto Raptors want DeMar DeRozan, they can have DeMar DeRozan. All it takes is a five-year, maximum salary contract offer of nearly $153 million. Put that on the table when free agency tips off on July 1, and he may never even visit with another team. But the truth about DeRozan’s..." June 27

  • Report: Biyombo to be patient with Raptors as they try to re-sign him

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors have an intriguing summer ahead. Even with the cap jumping to an unprecedented $94 million, the Raptors - with extensions set to kick in for Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross - are going to be virtually capped out if and when they re-sign DeMar DeRozan. That leaves the..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • DeMar DeRozan focused on Raptors, not other teams

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, opting to focus on working out a contract to return to the Eastern Conference finalists, a source told ESPN.com. DeRozan, 26, a two-time All-Star who led the Raptors..." June 25

  • Raptors pick Poeltl and Siakam, top undrafted names, and more

    Raptors Republic "Well, this was a bit of a weird night. In a wide-open draft that few could peg down, we were treated to a couple of interesting trades, some big reaches, some long falls, and, somewhat strangely in the end, most of the top-60 players getting drafted, just in a weird order. The Toronto Raptors..." June 24

  • Raptors draft not one fans hoped for, but not one they’ll regret

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors fans have been confused on draft nights. They’ve been enraged, with good cause (Rafael Araujo). They’ve been enraged without cause (Jonas Valanciunas). They’ve been pleasantly surprised (DeMar DeRozan) and thrilled (Vince Carter). But this time around what could they reasonably..." June 24

  • Report: DeMar DeRozan joining Team USA for 2016 Olympics

    Pro Basketball Talk "Team USA will have a strangely Canadian feel this year. Not only is Kyle Lowry playing in the Olympics, so is Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan. Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports: DeRozan is coming off a rough playoff run, but he was much better over a large sample." June 23

  • Michael Jordan vetoed Tracy McGrady trade for Scottie Pippen on draft night

    SI "Tracy McGrady was drafted with the No. 9 overall pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Toronto Raptors but was nearly a member of the Chicago Bulls until Michael Jordan vetoed a trade. McGrady told ESPN's The Jump that he was nearly traded to Chicago in exchange for Scottie Pippen but Jordan did..." June 23

  • Kyle Lowry to play for Team USA in Olympics

    Pro Basketball Talk "No Stephen Curry. No Russell Westbrook. No Chris Paul. No John Wall. But Team USA has found a point guard for the 2016 Olympics: Kyle Lowry. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Lowry is an excellent choice. He’s a balanced lead guard who scores and involves teammates, and he can get into..." June 23

  • Andy Greer Leaving Raptors To Become Wolves' Top Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Andy Greer is leaving the Toronto Raptors to become the top assistant coach to Tom Thibodeau with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Greer served under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls from 2010 until 2015. Greer spent just one season with the Raptors. Greer's long previous stint before the Bulls..." June 23

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Report: Heat in preliminary talks to acquire Jimmy Butler

    Sportsnaut "On the same day that they traded Derrick Rose, the Chicago Bulls are reportedly talking about trading another former franchise cornerstone — Jimmy Butler. Of course, we can’t really grade the merits of this potential trade without knowing who would be going to Toronto and Chicago. For now, it..." June 22

  • Five potential No. 9 picks for Raptors in NBA draft

    Toronto Star "There are a handful of possibilities — all seem to be forwards or centres — who will likely be available to the Raptors with the ninth pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. Here are five, in no particular order. Domantas Sabonis Stats: 6-10, 230 pound Gonzaga sophomore 2015-16 stats: 17.6 ppg,..." June 22

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Raptors GM Ujiri plans to meet with DeRozan in next few weeks

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have a critical summer coming up after the club’s most successful season in franchise history. The Raptors’ star shooting guard, DeMar DeRozan, reportedly opted out of his contract this week and is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, when the league’s..." June 16

  • Five potential trade destinations for Kevin Love

    Sportsnaut "There are no concrete suggestions that the Cleveland Cavaliers will be placing Kevin Love on the trade block this summer. However, we can read between the lines here. It’s rather obvious that Love is not that third building block for the Cavaliers. That’s been magnified during the NBA Finals,..." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Nando De Colo stays in CSKA Moscow for three more years

    EuroHoops.net "Nando De Colo, the Euroleague 2016 champion, top scorer, season and Final Four MVP, signed a new contract with CSKA Moscow for three more years! He won everything there was to win this year, both at an individual and at a team level. His magnificent performances attracted some… heavy attention..." June 15

  • DeMar DeRozan Officially Opts Out Of Contract With Raptors

    Real GM Basketball "DeMar DeRozan has officially opted out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors for the 16-17 season. DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career." June 14

  • Jesse Mermuys to leave Raptors 905 for Lakers

    Sportsnet "The first head coach in Raptors 905 history is leaving the team to join Luke Walton’s staff with the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA analyst Dave Miller is reporting. The 35-year-old Mermuys joined the Toronto Raptors as an assistant coach for the 2013-14 season after spending four seasons as an..." June 13

  • Vince Carter back to Toronto Raptors? Veteran wants to play 2 more years

    Sportsrageous "Vince Carter has one year left in his current contract with the Memphis Grizzlies but says he wants to play two more years in the NBA before retiring from the league leading to NBA rumors that he might return to the team he first played for. When he hits free agency next offseason, could the..." June 09

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Raptors fan kicked out of game for heckling ref found shot to death

    Larry Brown Sports "A Raptors fan who was kicked out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals two weeks ago was found shot to death in Toronto on Tuesday. The fan, Sukh Deo, was described by the Vancouver Sun as a gangster. His uncle who spoke with the Sun said his nephew ran a trucking company with a..." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Raptors, Casey Agree On Principal Terms For Extension

    NBA.com "Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri announced Tuesday the club and head coach Dwane Casey have agreed on principal terms of a three-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. The past season, Casey guided the Raptors to a team-record 56 regular season wins, an..." June 07

  • It’s official: As expected Bismack Biyombo opts out with Raptors

    Pro Basketball Talk "Bismack Biyombo has said would like to stay with the Toronto Raptors next season. What he wants more than that is to get paid. Which is why, as was long expected, he opted out of his $3 million deal with the Raptors — because he will make more than five times that on the open market next..." June 07

  • Raptors assistant turns down offers from Rockets, Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian has turned down offers from the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards to remain a part of Dwane Casey’s staff, TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting. Kalamian reportedly interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching position for the Rockets, eventually..." June 06

  • Wizards recruiting Rex Kalamian to coaching staff, according to report

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards have had their new head coach Scott Brooks for awhile. He has been spotted with key players like Marcin Gortat and even abroad with Tomas Satoransky. Now, Brooks is making moves to get his coaching staff into place. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Brooks is recruiting Toronto..." June 04

  • Lowry pens letter to Raptors fans

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors' season ended a week ago, but Kyle Lowry is still fuming after their losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in six games. Lowry penned a personal letter to thank Raptors fans, before signing off with a reminder that the journey isn't over." June 02

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Raptors to extend coach Casey through 2020 season

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are closing in on a three-year deal that will keep Dwane Casey as the team’s head coach through the 2019-2020 season, according to a source with knowledge of the negotiations. The club has been reportedly working on an extension with Casey this week, who is entering the..." June 02

  • Biyombo to be suspended without pay for 1st game of 2016-17

    Today's Fastbreak "Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports that the Toronto Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo will be suspended for the first game of the 2016-17 season. Biyombo committed a flagrant foul in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, which put him over the flagrant foul point limit for the postseason. Since..." June 02

  • Potential Bulls free agency targets: Bismack Biyombo, Ian Mahinmi

    Blog-A-Bull "The Chicago Bulls' defense took a step back last year and was one of the league's worst the second half of this season. The absence of Joakim Noah played a factor in that, as Pau Gasol got worse and worse on that end as the year went on and the other bigs weren't capable of anchoring a..." June 01

  • Durant told Raptors reps in 2014 he wasn't coming to Toronto

    The Score "The idea of the most coveted NBA free agent in six years signing with the Toronto Raptors this summer always seemed like something of a long shot, and apparently Kevin Durant may have made up his mind against the option as far back as 2014. The unrestricted-free-agent-to-be told Raptors'..." May 31

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • Raptors’ Biyombo expects to be back, says he’ll take hometown discount

    Sportsnet "After DeMar DeRozan’s impending free agency, the biggest question Masai Ujiri faces this summer is whether or not he’ll be able to re-sign Bismack Biyombo. The 23 year-old centre was a pleasant surprise for the Raptors this season, greatly out-performing his $3 million contract and particularly..." May 31

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri says bringing back DeMar DeRozan is top priority

    Toronto Star "While Masai Ujiri is proud of his Raptors team for its most successful season in franchise history this year, the disappointment at not being the last organization standing remains. “Twenty-nine teams have lost, there are 29 disappointed teams and we are one of them . . . we didn’t win the..." May 30

  • Raptors GM: Dwane Casey ‘is our coach for the future’

    Sportsnaut "Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made it clear Monday that head coach Dwane Casey has a future with the franchise, as relayed by James Herbert of CBS Sports. While Ujiri states this as “very easy for us to figure out,” the vote of confidence is significant. Just a week ago a report..." May 30

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