Raptors Rumors & News

  • DeRozan Has 'No Clue' About FA Plans

    Bleacher Report "Per Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050, DeRozan said Saturday he has "no clue" about his impending free agency. He added that his "mindset has always been Toronto. ... I don't want to switch it up now," per Lewenberg. It's worth noting that DeRozan holds a player option for $9.5 million next season,..." May 28

  • Casey: Raptors not at Cavs' level, but 'we're gonna be'

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors ended their historic 2015-16 season in somewhat disappointing fashion Friday night, getting rolled by 26 points in Game 6 of the East finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The team has no reason to hang its head, though, after setting new franchise benchmarks with 56..." May 28

  • Cavs punch ticket to NBA Finals

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Cavaliers finally figured out a way to win in Toronto on Friday night and it came at the right time, in the sixth game of the Eastern Conference finals. With LeBron James scoring 33 points and Kyrie Irving adding 30, the Cavaliers overwhelmed the Toronto Raptors..." May 28

  • DeMar DeRozan on future: 'My mindset has always been Toronto'

    ESPN "DeMar DeRozan expressed a desire to stay with the Toronto Raptors one day after his team was eliminated from the playoffs. DeRozan, who will become an unrestricted free agent July 1, has been with the Raptors for his entire career. He was asked specifically if he can find a better situation..." May 28

  • This won’t be the last you hear from the Raptors

    Sportsnet "As the Toronto Raptors walked off their home court for the last time this season, filing solemnly into the darkness of the tunnel, up a small ramp, and through the stainless steel doors of their dressing room, they looked like a team that had been through a lot. Kyle Lowry had a towel over his..." May 28

  • Biyombo would like to be back with Raptors: 'I love it here'

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors' postseason run to the Eastern Conference finals was kind to center Bismack Biyombo, whose elevated play undoubtedly boosted his value on the open market. The 23-year-old will reportedly decline his $2.9-million player option and become an unrestricted free agent on July..." May 28

  • Drake was quick to congratulate LeBron James and the Cavs after their Game 6 win

    TSN "During Game 6, LeBron James threw down a huge dunk and then started yelling at Drake on his way back up the court. In essence, the one-sided exchange silenced Drake to say the least. After the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the second straight year, however, Drake was quick to wish..." May 28

  • Raptors, Casey to discuss contract extension

    ESPN "The Raptors and coach Dwane Casey are expected to soon begin talks on a contract extension, league sources said Friday night after Toronto's season ended with a 113-87 loss to the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. Casey has one season left on his current contract at the..." May 28

  • Raptors centre Biyombo will become unrestricted free agent

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors centre Bismack Biyombo will decline the $2.9 million player option for next season and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting. As a free agent, Biyombo’s asking price will begin at $15 million per season, Stein is also reporting. " May 28

  • Raptors' Bismack Biyombo faces suspension for flagrant foul limit

    ESPN "Raptors center Bismack Biyombo was handed a flagrant foul 1 after official review Friday night in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals for elbowing Cavaliers forward Kevin Love in the face on a rebound clear-out attempt. Biyombo now faces a one-game suspension for exceeding the postseason..." May 28

  • LeBron lauds Raptors fans: 'I've never been a part of something like this'

    The Score "All postseason long, the Toronto Raptors' frenzied, die-hard supporters helped lift their team to heretofore unseen heights. Even as the Raptors slogged through some ugly basketball in the early rounds, even as they tested the faith of their believers, the crowds showed out in a massive way -..." May 28

  • Raptors' Casey defends tactic of coaches distracting shooters

    The Score "When it comes to defending the 3-point line, the Toronto Raptors could use all the help they can get. And when his players can't get it done, it's up to Dwane Casey to be the last line of defense. Casey caught flack for harassing Kyrie Irving during a crucial shot during the finish to Game 4,..." May 27

  • Raptors defend Joseph, Carroll after casino visit

    Toronto Sun "Years ago, Scotty Bowman handed a hockey stick to a doorman at the hotel his team was staying at and requested a favour. He asked the late-night doorman to get an autograph on the stick of every player who came in after 11 p.m. He didn’t just ask for autographs, which are often..." May 27

  • Cavs throttle Raptors, grab 3-2 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Kevin Love worked his way inside for an easy basket to start the game, then splashed a 3-pointer in transition. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward waved to the crowd to grow louder and capped a brilliant first half by zipping a two-handed, overhead pass halfway down the court to..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • Cavaliers DJ Trash Talks Drake on Instagram Following Cleveland’s Game 5 Win Over Raptors

    Complex "After the Raptors beat the Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night, Drake threw some shade at LeBron James and Cleveland’s team DJ Steph Floss when he posted this on Instagram: Then, after the Raptors beat the Cavaliers in Game 4 of the ECF on Monday night, Drake..." May 26

  • Carroll, Joseph put reps on line with late-night casino visit

    Toronto Sun "On the morning of the latest, biggest game in Raptors history — just before 2 in the morning to be precise — two prominent Toronto players were spotted walking through a downtown Cleveland casino with a large group, clearly not in game-preparation mode. This may have had nothing to do with how..." May 26

  • Toronto's Kyle Lowry was stunned by the box score after blowout loss

    Fox Sports "The Toronto Raptors turned the Eastern Conference Finals into a series worth watching with two cosecutive wins at home, but the Cleveland Cavaliers responded with a dominant performance in Game 5, blowing away Toronto in the opening quarter and cruising to a 116-78 win in a game where four of five..." May 26

  • Cavaliers fan gets in shouting match with Dwane Casey

    The Sports Daily "Nothing went right for the Toronto Raptors in their 116-78 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Cleveland was clicking on all cylinders in the pivotal Game 5 of the series, and their Big 3 set the tone early and completely dominated the opposition. As bad as the box score looked for the..." May 26

  • Bismack Biyombo has NBA execs talking $17 million a year — but not max, yet

    Sporting News "No, Bismack Biyombo’s postseason surge won’t be enough to push him to a full max-contract when he opts out of his current deal this summer—probably not, at least. But he’s certainly made the prospect of re-signing him a difficult one for the Raptors, and has earned himself a sizable..." May 26

  • DeMar DeRozan -- Laker Bound? ... BFF Suggests Move to L.A.

    TMZ "DeMar DeRozan's days in the six might be numbered ... that's according to his best friend and former teammate, Romeo Miller, who says he knows where DeRozan is headed ... and he strongly suggests it's L.A. We got Romeo out at The Grove and asked him about DeMar ... who will be one of the most..." May 25

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • NBA Playoffs Odds 2016: Warriors Lose Status As Championship Favorites

    NESN "For the first time in many months, the Golden State Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the 2016 NBA Finals. The defending champions trail the Oklahoma City Thunder 3-1 in their Western Conference finals series after losing Game 4 on Tuesday night. Golden State will try to become just the..." May 25

  • Casey would've been fired if Raptors lost in 1st round

    The Score "Having taken the last two games to even their series against the heavily favored Cleveland Cavaliers, faith has been restored in the city of Toronto. But a month ago, when the Raptors got off to a slow start against the Indiana Pacers in the first round, trouble loomed for longtime head coach..." May 25

  • Bismack Biyombo took the scenic route to an NBA Playoffs breakout

    SB Nation "When the Toronto Raptors signed Bismack Biyombo to a modest two-year, $5.75 million deal last summer, they had no idea how important this seemingly minor move would become. Once a cast-off from the Charlotte Hornets, the 23-year-old Biyombo has turned into a savior filling in for the injured Jonas..." May 24

  • Raptors hold off Cavs, even East finals at 2-2

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Eastern Conference final has turned into a homer's series. After dominating the first two games at home, the Cleveland Cavaliers found the Toronto Raptors to be a lot more difficult to play in enemy territory. As a result, the Cavaliers lost their first two games of the..." May 24

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Dikembe Mutombo wags his finger at Bismack Biyombo for stealing his move

    CBS Sports "Bismack Biyombo wagging his finger after he blocks a shot has become a familiar sight this postseason. Biyombo's celebratory move is an ode to Dikembe Mutombo, who like the Raptors center, is from the Congo and invented the finger wag in the first place. There is just one problem..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • DeMar DeRozan practiced until 1 a.m. before Game 4 to prepare for LeBron James

    Fox Sports "Heading into Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals, with his Toronto Raptors trailing 2-1, DeMar DeRozan knew the Cleveland Cavaliers would likely stick LeBron James on him for the rest of the series. Toronto's leading scorer dropped 32 points on only 24 shots in a season-saving Game 3..." May 24

  • Raptors eye NBA draft during playoff run

    Toronto Star "It has been a long grind for the Toronto Raptors, unprecedented and wild, intense and all-consuming. It has been fun, the ups and downs and emotions of a run to the NBA Eastern Conference final well worth it, all things considered. But for a faction of the organization, it has been a..." May 24

  • BiyombNO! Bismack playing his way into big money…

    Celtics Hub "Boy, is Bismack Biyombo fun to watch! His joyful exuberance coupled with massive basketball-related limitations make him the third most important reason to watch the Cavs/Raps series (Reason 1: Kyle Lowry back from the dead! Reason 2: Inefficient hero-ball from Kyrie Irving and Lebron getting..." May 24

  • Drake says in Instagram post Kyrie Irving 'gave' Raptors two wins

    ESPN "One game after roasting LeBron James on Instagram, Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake was in the house for Game 4 in Toronto. This time, it was Kyrie Irving who was the target of Drake's social media ire following the Raptors' Game 4 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the two games in..." May 24

  • Stephen A. Smith wants Canada to know he's very sorry

    Sporting News "Stephen A. Smith had an apology to make, and that is exactly what he did Monday night after the Raptors' 105-99 victory over the Cavaliers. "I can't put into words how stunned I am. I can't believe what I saw," Smith said Monday night on ESPN. "I just have to be a man of my word and apologize..." May 24

  • Anthony Bennett, former No. 1 pick, expected among free agents at Nets mini-camp

    Nets Daily "Anthony Bennett, the former Cavaliers No. 1 pick who failed to impress in Cleveland, Minnesota and Toronto, is likely among the free agents invited to Nets mini-camp this week, Ian Begley reports. The Nets have not released names of those invited to the camp although, like Bennett, names are..." May 24

  • How Kyle Lowry pulled the Raptors – and himself – from the brink

    Yahoo! Sports "LeBron James backed him down and backed him down and backed him down, delivering the framed portrait of Kyle Lowry's untidy, unconventional, unrelenting career: too small, too limited, too unworthy. Fourth quarter, Game 4 of these Eastern Conference finals, and James had been groomed to treat the..." May 24

  • Valanciunas a game-time decision for Game 4

    TSN "After a dramatic Game 3 victory Saturday, the Toronto Raptors might be getting back one of their top players for Monday's Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Centre Jonas Valanciunas was upgraded to a game-time decision Monday morning, according to ESPN's..." May 23

  • Dahntay Jones suspended, Dwane Casey fined

    Raptors Republic "The NBA has fined Toronto Raptors head coach $25,000 for public criticism of officiating following the team’s Game 3 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. In his post-game press conference, Casey initially appeared to be trying to bite his tongue, but he reached a point where he..." May 23

  • Security doesn't recognize DeRozan ahead of interview

    The Score "What does an NBA player have to do to get a little love in the building he competes? Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan arrived Sunday at the Air Canada Centre to take part in an interview with ESPN's Doris Burke. Upon his arrival, a security guard stopped him to ask whether..." May 22

  • DeRozan: Only way for Raptors to quiet critics was 'go out and play'

    The Score "DeMar DeRozan had arguably the best playoff game of his career Saturday night, pouring in 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting as his Toronto Raptors got on the board in their East final against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a repudiation of the prevailing narrative going into Game 3 of the series,..." May 22

  • Biyombo sets Raptors franchise record with 26 rebounds in Game 3

    The Score "Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo gobbled up rebounds left, right, and center in a 99-84 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 on Saturday. In 39 minutes of action, Biyombo scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, while also blocking four shots. His biggest impact came on the..." May 22

  • DeRozan, Biyombo give Raptors new life

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors crushed any ideas that they were going to be swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday. Led by 32 points from DeMar DeRozan and a franchise playoff record of 26 rebounds by Bismack Biyombo, the Raptors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 99-84 in Game 3 of the..." May 22

  • Cavs' Jefferson: 'We the South are going to be OK'

    The Score "Following in the footsteps of the Indiana Pacers, the Cleveland Cavaliers are also taking their turn spinning the "We The North" mantra held by the Toronto Raptors. Smarting from their first loss of the postseason, the Cavaliers were calm and relaxed after practice Sunday, and veteran forward..." May 22

  • Tyronn Lue responds to Bismack Biyombo’s finger-wagging

    Larry Brown Sports "Raptors center Bismack Biyombo dominated the Cavs on the interior in Toronto’s 99-84 Game 3 victory over Cleveland Saturday, pulling down a franchise-best 26 rebounds while recording four blocked shots. For Biyombo, who has been known to engage in some Dikembe Mutombo-style finger-waving from time..." May 22

  • Mutombo gave Biyombo permission to use his finger wag

    The Score "It's now a signature move for Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo to dish a complimentary finger wag along with every blocked shot, but it wasn't always that way. Biyombo first had to get permission from the father of the finger wag: Dikembe Mutombo. "I got the licence from Mutombo (to..." May 22

  • Casey critical of officiating, likely to be fined by NBA

    The Score "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will likely be hearing from the league office in the coming days after bringing up officiating repeatedly during postgame comments after Toronto's 99-84 Game 3 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Casey began talking about center Bismack Biyombo, and..." May 22

  • Drake disses LeBron on Instagram following Cavs' Game 3 loss

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Drake wasn't inside the Air Canada Centre for the Toronto Raptors' 99-84 win against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night. However, the rapper and Raptors ambassador, who is often seated courtside, enjoyed the game from afar. " May 22

  • Raptors' Casey claims Lowry went to the bathroom during Game 2 exit

    The Score "After Kyle Lowry's Game 2 exit created a considerable stir across NBA circles, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made sure to go on record to clear the air surrounding his point guard's sudden disappearance. "Kyle did not walk out on his team," Casey told reporters on Friday. "He and Cory..." May 20

  • James' triple-double powers Cavs to rout of Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- On the same night he passed one legend in scoring, LeBron James stopped outside the locker room to greet another. The postseason legend of the Cleveland Cavaliers, meanwhile, is still growing. James recorded his 15th career postseason triple-double on the same night he..." May 20

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