Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri again swears to crowd before playoff opener

    ESPN.com "Masai Ujiri did it again. Last year the Toronto Raptors general manager stepped in front of several thousand fans outside Air Canada Centre before the first game of the playoffs and declared "F--- Brooklyn" before his team took on the Nets. Saturday he did it again, responding to Washington..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

  • 2d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Raptors beat the Hornets 92-87, grab franchise-best 49th win

    Raptors HQ "It's finally over, through all the ups of November and December, to the downs of most of 2015. The Toronto Raptors arrive at the end of the 2014-15 season with the best record they've ever had. It wasn't quite 50 wins, but 49 is close enough. Tonight, the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets..." April 16

  • Paul Pierce: Raptors don’t have the ‘it’ factor

    Sportsnet.ca "Potential first-round opponent Paul Pierce doesn’t fear a playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors. In a revealing interview with ESPN, the Washington Wizards guard said that, despite going 0-3 against Toronto this season, the Raptors simply don’t have the “It” factor that would concern him..." April 15

  • Crowder comes up big for Celtics with game-winner

    CSN New England "Jae Crowder was not having the best of nights on Tuesday. He was missing shots he normally makes. There were some decent plays made defensively, but the game-altering, momentum-shifting hustle plays that he pulls off weren’t happening, either. Yet when the game was on the line and the..." April 15

  • Arenas Says Canadian National Anthem is A Waste of 5 Minutes

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas is like that uncle who used to be cool, but now tries a little too hard to fit in, which can make one very uncomfortable. This is probably how the Washington Wizards feel. The postseason begins this weekend and Arenas is already starting the trash talk. Washington will either..." April 15

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • Raptors rebound to dunk Heat, seal home court

    Toronto Star "It was the perfect confluence of events: a game in the balance, an overmatched defender trying to guard him, personal history to be made. It was one of those moments that Lou Williams cherishes. A Williams three-pointer, the kind of shot that has endeared him to fans throughout this..." April 12

  • 7d
    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    No Raptors shootaround today, so we won’t know until pre-game whether Amir Johnson Terrence Ross will play. Lowry will barring any setback

  • Kyle Lowry’s return spurs Raptors win over Magic

    Toronto Star "Down by one with the game on the line, DeMar DeRozan got the call to lift the Raptors to victory. He drove hard to the basket, two Magic defenders peeling off to stop him under the hoop. Then he spotted Lou Williams, Toronto’s clutch sixth man, alone in the corner. “Once I seen him, I knew I..." April 11

  • 7d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Terrence Ross is out for the rest of the night with a sore left ankle.

  • Raptors worry about rhythm with guard Kyle Lowry expected to play soon

    Toronto Star "Everybody’s talking about rhythm. Whether it’s Kyle Lowry praising his buddy DeMar DeRozan or coach Dwane Casey hammering at the need for the team to hit its stride before the playoffs, “rhythm” is the choice buzzword in the Raptors universe these days. At shootaround Friday morning, with a..." April 10

  • Raptors end drought in Charlotte

    Toronto Sun "For one night, the Raptors were the kings of the Queen City, ending a streak of futility that dates back five years. Even when the host Hornets were bad, record-wise that is, the team’s ability to control the paint, boards and the team’s perimeter play was simply too much for the Raptors to..." April 09

  • 9d
    Eric Smith @Eric__Smith

    Lowry RE: playing tomorrow vs ORL..."It's a possibility." Says he'll know more when he wakes up in AM. @Raptors #Raptors #RTZ #Sportsnet

  • 10d
    Eric Smith @Eric__Smith

    Lowry & A-Johnson are OUT tonight for the #raptors. Casey wouldn't confirm who'd start at PF but says he's leaning towards Hansbrough again

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Raptors GM: No timeframe for Kyle Lowry’s return

    Sportsnet.ca "Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri says Kyle Lowry’s injured back is improving, but there is no timeframe on when the point guard will return to the court. “He’s done well. He practised yesterday, and he’s worked out the last couple days,” Ujiri told Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet..." April 07

  • 15d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Casey confirmed that Lowry will return sometime before the playoffs. He reiterated they won't rush him but hopes to have him back soon.

  • Raptors in no rush with Bruno Caboclo

    Toronto Sun "In the cut-throat world that is the NBA, there’s no bigger task than winning and developing young players at the same time. Andrew Wiggins is evolving, but he’s doing it in a losing environment. The Raptors were very fortunate in developing two young pieces in Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence..." April 02

  • Raptors chew up Andrew Wiggins and Timberwolves

    Toronto Sun "No player was on the floor for more than 31minutes, no player was asked to shoulder the burden and no one needed to worry about the outcome. On this night, there was no chance the Raptors would lose to the host Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that’s too thin in terms of personnel, its margin for..." April 02

  • Raptors sharp in taking down Rockets

    Toronto Star "Monday’s date with James Harden and the Houston Rockets was Toronto’s last chance before the playoffs to prove they still have the gumption to beat winning teams. And the Raptors didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. DeMar DeRozan found his rhythm after a desperate long jumper from the..." March 31

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • 19d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Casey said if tonight's was a playoff game, Lowry probably wouldn't be able to play. "He's hurt. It's not just something where he's sore"

  • 19d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Lowry is listed as out for tonight's game, by the way. No Dwight Howard (rest), Patrick Beverley, Terrence Jones or Motiejunas for Rockets

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • 22d
    Eric Koreen @ekoreen

    As expected, Kyle Lowry (back) will not play tonight against the Lakers.

  • Ujiri: ‘Real’ Raptors are team from early season

    Sportsnet.ca "Thanks to losses the Charlotte Hornets and Boston Celtics suffered, the Toronto Raptors were able to clinch a playoff spot on Wednesday night, though based on the team’s performance since Jan. 1, you probably wouldn’t have known. It’s no secret that the Raptors have been struggling since the..." March 27

  • 23d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    The @Raptors have recalled Lucas Nogueira from Fort Wayne. Averaged 8.3 pts, 10.0 rebs, 2.0 blks and 20.0 mins in four games. #rtz

  • Bulls respond well, top Raptors with fourth-quarter explosion

    CSN Chicago "In a game featuring lots of offense and little defense, the Chicago Bulls outlasted the Toronto Raptors, 116-103. After trailing throughout the first three quarters, Chicago exploded in the fourth, outscoring Toronto 39-21 in period. “I liked the way we responded in the second half,..." March 26

  • Jackson, Caldwell-Pope attack Raptors, Pistons win

    Detroit News "The good word comes down on an almost daily basis. It is a simple message from Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to his guards Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Attack! Attack! Attack! Push the ball up the floor. Attack the rim and be as aggressive as possible. Mission..." March 25

  • Raptors PG Lowry out indefinitely

    TSN.ca "Kyle Lowry has no timetable for a return after re-injuring his back. The Raptors point guard is out indefinitely due to his back “twisted the wrong way” in the Toronto Raptors 109-104 loss to the Detroit Pistons Tuesday night. Lowry had missed the Raptors previous two games after initially..." March 25

  • Even without Lowry, Raptors crush Knicks

    Toronto Sun "The fact that the New York Knicks shot just 41% and didn’t score more than 25 points in any quarter should be considered progress for the Raptors. And then you remember they are the Knicks and, at least organizationally, are more concerned with ensuring as many ping-pong balls come draft..." March 23

  • 27d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry is inactive (back contusion) and Greivis Vasquez starts today vs. New York. Bruno Caboclo is active. #raptors #rtz

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

  • Raptors' Lowry suffers back contusion in win over Timberwolves

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors escaped past the Minnesota Timberwolves with a victory Wednesday as point guard Kyle Lowry watched from the locker room. Lowry suffered a back contusion during the third quarter after taking a hard spill on a drive to the basket. He was in visible pain following the foul and..." March 19

  • Raptors outlast Wiggins and undermanned Timberwolves

    Toronto Sun "If it wasn’t about Andrew Wiggins on Wednesday night, it was about Sam Mitchell. Wiggins, the Vaughan wonderboy and No. 1 pick in last year’s draft, now quite happily plying his trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, got into some early foul trouble thanks to DeMar DeRozan and wasn’t really a..." March 19

  • 31d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry (back contusion) will not return. #raptors #rtz

  • Raptors rediscover their defence in win over Pacers

    Toronto Star "If nobody doubts head coach Dwane Casey’s allegiance to the Raptors, it’s still beyond question that his basketball heart lives in Kentucky, where he spent his formative glory days as captain of the 1978 NCAA championship team. “It was probably the most exciting time — and purest of times in my..." March 17

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • 33d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    The @Raptors have recalled Lucas Nogueira from Fort Wayne of the @nbadleague for tonight's game at Indiana. #wethenorth

  • Trail Blazers' rout Toronto Raptors, showcase latest example of 'Blazer basketball'

    Oregonian "Did the Trail Blazers' no-doubt-about-it 113-97 victory over the Toronto Raptors impress you? Did you find beauty in watching the basketball whiz around the perimeter like a hot potato? Did you think that old free-flowing "flow" offense resembled a work of art? You were not alone. "That..." March 16

  • Watch Robin Lopez forcefully push the Raptors mascot

    CBSSports.com "One of the best running gags in the NBA is Robin Lopez's feud with every single mascot in the NBA. This feud has now gone international as with the Blazers traveling to Toronto tonight, Lopez had a run-in with the Raptor. Perhaps planning for his encounter with Lopez, the Raptor brought in..." March 16

  • Raptors honour Oakley

    Toronto Sun "he Raptors have been in a nostalgic mood this season, the franchise celebrating its 20th anniversary and occasionally honouring its past at selected tips. Friday night it was Charles Oakley to be acknowledged, the old-school Oak whose arrival from New York in 1998 for Marcus Camby would..." March 14

  • Charles Oakley: NBA 'hard to watch'

    ESPN.com "The NBA isn't what it used to be. Just ask Charles Oakley. Oakley was honored by the Raptors on Friday, but the power forward who also played for Chicago, New York, Washington and Houston in a career that stretched from 1985-2004 had little good to say about today's game. "Who do I like..." March 14

  • How do you motivate the Raptors?

    Toronto Sun "There was plenty of talk following Thursday’s practice about a potential leadership void on this Raptors team. It came in the wake of Kyle Lowry’s profanity-strewn wake-up call delivered late in the second quarter during a Raptors timeout. Lowry didn’t see the effort or certainly the sort of..." March 13

  • Raptors really miss John Salmons on the defensive end

    Toronto Sun "For most, John Salmons didn’t move the needle the way Patrick Patterson or Greivis Vasquez did when they came over in that now franchise altering trade with the Sacramento Kings last December. While Patterson and Vasquez became integral parts of the second unit, Salmons bounced around playing..." March 12

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12