Raptors Rumors & News

  • Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas

    Real GM Basketball "The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, but both teams were looking to trade into the top-5 to select Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas fell to the Toronto Raptors at No. 5 as he wasn't planning on coming over to the..." December 06

  • Cavaliers pull out of skid, halt Raptors' six-game win streak

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Cavaliers have defeated the Toronto Raptors all three times they have met this season, including a 116-112 verdict on Monday night. The teams do not meet again until the final game. "I just hope it doesn't mean anything," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said...." December 05

  • From the shadow of Kobe, DeMar DeRozan rises

    ESPN "During Last Summer's Olympics, Team USA's basketball players stayed in an ultraluxury cruise ship moored at Rio de Janeiro's Pier Maua. It had extra long beds to accommodate tall people, shiny brass and glass in every room, a pool bar, a card room and white-gloved attendants at the ready. But..." December 05

  • Raptors set franchise record with 44-point trouncing of Hawks

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors’ offence can be pretty and it certainly is potent these days as the points and baskets and victories pile up. Crisp ball movement. Astonishing outside shooting. Decision-making that makes it look like everyone’s a savvy veteran who knows precisely where the ball should go...." December 04

  • Raptors post record rout of Hawks for 6th win in row

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- While the Atlanta Hawks are talking about hitting the reset button, the Toronto Raptors are happy to keep things going the way they are. The Raptors outscored the Hawks 42-14 in the fourth quarter Saturday night in a game that they already had under tight control as they rolled to..." December 03

  • Lowry leads Raptors past Lakers for fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- This was a no-doubter, no-napping allowed win by the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors, who waited until the fourth quarter to turn it on in a win over the undermanned Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, stepped on the gas from the beginning of the game and never let the Los Angeles Lakers..." December 02

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • Raptors get past short-handed Grizzlies

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The undermanned Memphis Grizzlies gave the Toronto Raptors all they could handle for most of the game Wednesday night. However, youthful exuberance and grit could only take the Grizzlies so far as the Raptors posted a 120-105 victory to extend their winning streak to four..." November 30

  • Raptors rout 76ers 122-95

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan is the big scorer for Toronto this season, but the Raptors proved Monday night that they can win when he is not leading the way. The Raptors received double-digit scoring from six players, led by 24 points and eight assists from Kyle Lowry and 22 points off the bench..." November 28

  • Casey thinks Raptors can do better after 105-99 win

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Toronto wrapped up a five-game road trip on a high note Saturday night, holding off the Milwaukee Bucks for a 105-99 victory at the Bradley Center, but Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn't in a celebratory mood. Casey was pleased to head back across the border with a victory but..." November 25

  • Raptors' Houston hex ends

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- For a half the Toronto Raptors were everything they longed to be defensively, and when things broke down on that end of the court, they had DeMar DeRozan available to deliver the sort of backbreaking offense required to finish the job. Behind a third-quarter eruption from DeRozan..." November 23

  • DeMar DeRozan Wants To Be Known As Greatest Raptor In Franchise History

    The Undefeated "DeMar DeRozan and his eight American teammates with the Toronto Raptors will get to enjoy turkey in the United States this year thanks to a scheduled off day in Milwaukee. Thanksgiving, however, actually comes twice a year for the Raptors, as it was celebrated on Oct. 10 in..." November 23

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • Paul, Griffin carry Clippers to win over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Another group effort boosted the Los Angeles Clippers. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin scored 26 points apiece, and the Clippers held off the Toronto Raptors 123-115 Monday night at Staples Center. Paul also had 12 assists as Los Angeles ended a four-game losing streak to..." November 22

  • Are the Toronto Raptors overplaying Kyle Lowry?

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry logged 41 minutes in an eight-point loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. That’s a heavy workload for any player, and it’s compounded by the fact that the game came on the second leg of a back-to-back. Toronto suffered a heartbreaking loss to the..." November 22

  • Raptors to protest loss to Kings

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Last Two Minute Report said officials – between referees on the court and reviewers in Secaucus, N.J. – got everything right in the final minute. The NBA even released a second statement clarifying just how right the calls were. Yet, that’s apparently not enough for the Raptors after their..." November 22

  • It’s Time for These NBA Teams to Bottom Out

    The Ringer "As we go through life, we’re taught about different levels of shame in sports. Being a sore loser is shameful, sure, but being an eager and willing loser is a downright sin. Tanking in the NBA has long been considered one of the most shameful things in all of sports. But sometimes we learn to live..." November 22

  • Gay, Kings outlast Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Toronto Raptors coach Dwayne Casey wanted another explanation and wasn't about to accept easily the ending he just saw. Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins couldn't believe it, either, but he wasn't about to question it. "I knew I tipped the ball. I knew..." November 21

  • DeRozan scores 30 in Raptors' OT victory

    The Sports Xchange "DENVER -- Toronto came into Friday determined to fix its defensive problems. The Raptors still weren't happy with that end of the floor but they did enough to grind out a tough win. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Kyle Lowry scored 18 and had 13 assists and Toronto beat the Denver Nuggets..." November 19

  • Retired NBA commissioner David Stern went off about cheating and ethics

    Quartz "As NBA commissioner, David Stern was a strict and unyielding monarch, who presided over a successful and growing empire for 30 years. In retirement, unshackled from those responsibilities, he is happy to let loose with his raw, undiplomatic opinions about the ills befalling sports and..." November 19

  • Warriors get past Raptors in fifth straight win

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Golden State Warriors probably won their game with the Toronto Raptors in the second quarter Wednesday night. They outscored the Raptors 32-15 to take a 66-53 lead into the half. They led by as many as 19 points in the second half and withstood a late Toronto rally to win..." November 17

  • Is Canada finally on call with the Raptors?

    ESPN "The Raptors weren't even playing in Toronto -- they were on the road, in Brooklyn, preparing for Game 6 of the opening round of the 2014 playoffs. But that didn't stop great mobs of fans, like pilgrims, from trekking to Maple Leaf Square outside the Air Canada Centre. Leading up to Game 1, the..." November 16

  • Russell Wilson: “Seattle needs basketball back”

    Pro Basketball Talk "Russell Wilson announced via Twitter on Monday that he was joining the ownership group pushing to return the SuperSonics to Seattle. Now, Wilson has penned his feelings about doing so in The Players’ Tribune. In the article, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback says that, as a kid of the ’90s,..." November 16

  • Cavs hand Raptors first road loss of season

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Channing Frye likes to joke how he makes opposing centers allergic to paint. He brings them out to Frye-land, which is otherwise known as the 3-point arc. Frye is excelling in Frye-land lately, and the Cleveland Cavaliers are enjoying the benefits. The 10-year veteran's..." November 15

  • The Changes to Expect in the NBA’s Upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement

    The Ringer "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association expect to finalize terms on a new collective bargaining agreement “just after Thanksgiving” or in “early December,” a source familiar with the negotiations told The Ringer. The source confirmed previously reported details of the new..." November 15

  • DeRozan has turned himself into a lean, mean, scoring machine

    Toronto Sun "Do you want to know where 34 points a night comes from? In DeMar DeRozan’s case, 34 points a night comes from a lifetime of hard work but more recently from a summer he describes as a “sickening dedication to where a lot of the days were just shit.” That those days came in the midst of..." November 15

  • The Monstars are back just in time to celebrate Space Jam's 20th birthday

    USA Today "Way back on November 15, 1996, when Michael Jordan only had four titles, Space Jam released in theaters. Now, 20 years later, Jordan is a billionaire, and his company, Jordan Brand, has released a teaser for the anniversary campaign and fresh apparel to get everyone hyped about the 90s basketball..." November 15

  • Duncan, Leroux Announce Twitter NBA Show

    Real GM Basketball "A year and a half ago, the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast launched with invaluable support from RealGM so it feels appropriate to use this space to detail the new project Nate Duncan and I have been working on for a little while now that launches this week. A little while back, Twitter reached..." November 15

  • DeRozan, Harden named Players of the Week

    NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 7 through Sunday, Nov. 13. DeRozan led the Raptors to a 3-0 week, averaging a league-leading 34.7 points..." November 14

  • DeRozan pours in 33, Raptors sink Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan continued to do his thing for the Toronto Raptors. The stellar shooting guard notched 33 points, including a key 3-point play on a layup and a free throw with fewer than 30 seconds left in the game after completing a key four-point play with under six minutes to go,..." November 12

  • Jalen Rose: NBA players will refuse to visit the White House during Trump’s presidency

    USA Today "The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to visit the White House on Thursday — the same day that President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet with Donald Trump. It may also be the last time a full NBA championship team makes that trip for at least four years. During ESPN’s NBA Countdown on Wednesday,..." November 10

  • Masai Ujiri Thanks Trump 'For Making Toronto An Unbelievable Destination'

    Real GM Basketball "Masai Ujiri responded to the United States' election results in which Donald Trump is the president-elect. "I want to thank Donald Trump for making Toronto an unbelievable destination," said Ujiri. "This country (Canada) has an obligation to show the world how peaceful and friendly we are,"..." November 10

  • NBA announces plan for youth basketball academy in Australia

    USA Today "The NBA and Basketball Australia today announced their plan to launch NBA Global Academy — an elite youth basketball training center in Australia's capital city, Canberra. The academy, which will be at the Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport, will serve as a "global hub"..." November 10

  • Raptors hand Thunder their first home loss

    The Sports Xchange "OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Thunder came into their matchup with the Toronto Raptors carrying a reputation for stingy defense. In the first seven games of the year, Oklahoma City gave up more than 100 points in regulation only once. The Raptors didn't seem to care about the reputation. They went..." November 09

  • Raptors’ Valanciunas day-to-day with knee contusion

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a left knee contusion. Valanciunas injured his knee during the week and suffered some pre-game swelling, according to a team official. He’s averaging 11 rebounds and 13.8 points this..." November 07

  • Raptors’ Valanciunas day-to-day with knee contusion

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was sidelined for Sunday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a left knee contusion. Valanciunas injured his knee during the week and suffered some pre-game swelling, according to a team official. He’s averaging 11 rebounds and 13.8 points this..." November 06

  • Gay, Cousins guide Kings past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Rudy Gay nearly did not play Sunday. He suffered a rib-cartilage strain against the Orlando Magic Thursday and missed the game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday. But after taking some shots before game Sunday, Gay played and the Sacramento Kings are glad he did. Gay..." November 06

  • DeRozan on His Low SI Ranking Fueling Early Season Scoring Explosion

    Black Sports Online "DeMar DeRozan is steaming mad at Sports Illustrated, and the rest of the NBA is paying for their preseason slight. The Raptors shooting guard leads the NBA in scoring at nearly 36 points per game, and after going for 34 on Friday, DeRozan has joined Michael Jordan as the only players in the..." November 05

  • DeRozan continues torrid start in Raptors' win over Heat

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Not since Michael Jordan has a player accomplished what DeMar DeRozan has to begin this season. The shooting guard scored 34 points Friday night as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Miami Heat 96-87 for their third straight victory. DeRozan has scored 30 or more points in all five..." November 04

  • Raptors Among Teams Interested In Nerlens Noel

    Def Pen "The Toronto Raptors are interested in acquiring young Philadelphia 76ers big man Nerlens Noel, reports ESPN’s Marc Stein: The Raptors are among the teams that have expressed interest in Philadelphia’s very available Nerlens Noel, but sources say Toronto’s initial preference in the wake of..." November 04

  • DeRozan: I won't run out of gas, 'I'm like a Tesla'

    Toronto Star "DeMar DeRozan has been off to a blistering start this season, and he’s now the first Raptor to lead the NBA in scoring in 13 years. While the season is just little more than a week old, the Raptors’ guard has 36.3 points per game to become the first Toronto player to lead the NBA in scoring at..." November 04

  • Jerry Colangelo to step down from chairmanship of USA Basketball

    Philly.com "USA Basketball announced Thursday afternoon that Jerry Colangelo will step down from the role of chairman of the organization. A new chairman will be elected on November 14. Colangelo had been in the role since 2009. He officially served two elected four-year terms. Colangelo continues to..." November 03

  • Jay Wright says he nearly kicked Kyle Lowry out of Villanova - before he played a game

    Fox Sports "There might not be an NBA player who has quietly accomplished more in the last few years than Kyle Lowry. The Raptors’ point guard is one of the sport’s most underappreciated players, even after making back-to-back All-Star teams, winning a gold medal with the U.S. Olympic team this summer and..." November 03

  • Raptors, DeRozan remain on a roll

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Whether with the gold medal-winning USA Basketball team or on his own, DeMar DeRozan put in work this offseason. His NBA opponents are learning just how much. DeRozan continued his season-opening scoring surge with 40 points and the Toronto Raptors continued their..." November 02

  • NBA to host postseason awards show in June 2017

    Today's Fastbreak "The NBA announced on Tuesday that they will host the first-ever NBA awards show next June. The event will take place in New York City following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on June 26, 2017, and will be televised by TNT. The venue, host and award presenters will be announced at a later..." November 01

  • Raptors answer Nuggets' second-half challenge

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors wrapped up their three-game homestand with a 105-102 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night at Air Canada Centre. The Raptors survived a defensive lapse in the third quarter to close out the win. Denver outscored Toronto 9-4 through the first..." October 31

  • Which NBA Star Needs A Trade The Most?

    SI "It doesn't take long for the NBA rumor mill to get churning once the season begins. But before reports and sources start putting the full-court press on your timeline, we thought we'd examine the NBA trade landscape ahead of the madness. The Crossover asked its writers which star they would..." October 31

  • LeBron likens Air Canada Centre to soccer stadium

    Toronto Star "When he was last in these parts, LeBron James had vanquished the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Eastern Conference final and then lauded the team’s fans for their passion, support and cacophonous cheering. He and the Cleveland Cavaliers are back and his impression of the Air Canada Centre fans..." October 30

  • Raptors rookie Poeltl faces first big test against Cavaliers

    Sportsnet "There was a play in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s intense, madcap, fun, fast-paced, unpredictable, seesaw, just-two-teams-getting-after-it game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors when you could catch a glimpse of what Masai Ujiri and co. believe they’ve found in young Jakob..." October 29

  • Cavs' Irving silences Raptors from long range

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Kyrie Irving knew he had the trust of his teammates and coaching staff with the game on the line. With the game tied 91-91, the Cleveland Cavaliers guard took a LeBron James feed and drained a 26-foot 3-pointer sealing a 94-91 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Friday night at..." October 28

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