Raptors Rumors & News

  • Another solid effort as Raptors roll over Pistons

    Toronto Sun "Those of you still waiting for the other shoe to drop on the Raptors’ season are going to have to keep waiting. And you might be waiting a long time. There is little evidence that this team is anything but the squad that has rolled out to a 35-16 record through its first 51 games. The..." February 09

  • How Spike Lee, the NBA commissioner and ESPN took a stand on gun violence

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "In late October, the film director Spike Lee visited the National Basketball Association's Manhattan headquarters to discuss a bold idea. He had, for months, wanted to produce a commercial that would denounce gun violence in America. It is perhaps the most polarizing subject in the country, but..." February 09

  • Toronto taxi drivers prepared to strike during NBA All-Star weekend

    Sporting News "The NBA All-Star Game is Sunday in Toronto. Unfortunately for fans visiting the city for the weekend, they may have a hard time getting around. To protest the presence of Uber, Toronto taxi drivers are preparing to strike during All-Star weekend. NBA All-Star events will take place beginning..." February 08

  • Raptors end long losing streak in Portland

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors exorcised another demon on Thursday night in the Pacific Northwest, beating the Trail Blazers in Portland for the first time since 2006, 110-103. Against a surging Blazers squad that had won five straight, the Raptors blasted out of the gate with a season-high 37 points, then fought..." February 05

  • Silver says changes coming to Hack-A-Shaq rule

    USA Today "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s evolving opinion of Hack-A-Player indicates there may be changes to the increasingly practiced and increasingly reviled strategy. After months of media debate, putrid foul shooting, lengthy games and fan discontent, Silver told USA TODAY Sports in an NBA A to Z..." February 05

  • NBA All-Star Saturday Night: LaVine, Curry back to defend their titles

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced its All-Star Weekend participants Thursday, including who will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, the 3-Point Shootout and the skills competition. Slam Dunk Defending champion Zach LaVine leads the field after last year's electrifying performance. His challengers include..." February 05

  • 7d
    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Toronto, I'm told, also showing interest in Suns' Markieff Morris; PHX widely seen as a LOCK to do at least one deal before Feb. 18 deadline

  • 7d
    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources say Toronto is among the teams expressing trade interest in Suns swingman P.J. Tucker in advance of the Feb. 18 trade deadline

  • Lowry, DeRozan lead Raptors over Suns

    Toronto Sun "On the day they were honoured as co-Eastern conference players of the month, Toronto’s dynamic duo of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry led the team to what they hope is the start of another winning streak. A night after the 11-game run was ended by a poor effort against the Denver Nuggets, the..." February 03

  • Raptors interested in Suns' Morris and Tucker

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors are one of the teams expressing interest in Phoenix Suns forwards Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Both are known to be available with the Suns effectively out of postseason contention. Morris is believed to have worn out his welcome in the..." February 03

  • The Raptors looked great in January, again. Will they still look great in April and May?

    SB Nation "It's not just the recent 11-game win-streak that has the now 33-16 Toronto Raptors seeming like a legitimate threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. Impressive runs are common in the NBA, and while winning 11 consecutive games is certainly impressive, it's not necessarily a..." February 03

  • Nikola Jokic stars in Nuggets' blowout win over Toronto

    Denver Post "Of all the things that have impressed Nuggets coach Michael Malone about rookie center Nikola Jokic this season, it may be the Serbian big man's ability to fuel offensive movement that has stood out the most. "I trust him 100 percent with the ball in his hands," Malone said of Jokic before the..." February 02

  • NBA 2K basketball video game sued over use of player tattoos

    New York Daily News "The makers of hit video game series NBA 2K have been slapped with a copyright infringement lawsuit for using images of several NBA players’ body art — including four of LeBron James’ tattoos — without permission. Solid Oak Sketches claims Take-Two Interactive Software has used eight of its..." February 02

  • 9d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Jonas Valanciunas will start tonight at Denver. He was originally listed as questionable with a sprained right thumb. #rtz

  • Jonas Valanciunas sprains thumb, listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver

    Raptors HQ "The title says it all. Apparently Jonas Valanciunas of the Raptors has sprained his thumb. While the young big man practised with the team, he's listed as questionable for tonight's game in Denver. As per the Toronto Star's Chris O'Leary I wager that Jonas plays in the game, at least in some..." February 01

  • How players are controlling their own media and what it means for the NBA

    CBS Sports "During an otherwise inconsequential regular season game in March 2009, then-Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva did something unusual. He posted the following tweet from the locker room at halftime. The ensuing media coverage of this apparent indiscretion is pure comedy when you read..." February 01

  • Raptors edge Pistons for 11th straight victory

    Toronto Star "It wasn’t pretty by any means — gruesome and long, painful and lackadaisical would be better words that come to mind in its aftermath — and perhaps there will be lessons learned but, if not, so be it because there can be no complaints about the ultimate result. The Toronto Raptors won..." January 31

  • With win over Knicks, Raptors grab franchise record 10th straight win

    Toronto Star "On a night when No. 10 got his just due from the NBA, it was appropriate that his team took a step into history with the same number. DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points hours after being named a reserve for the NBA all-star game and the Raptors downed the visiting New York Knicks 103-93. The..." January 29

  • All-Star Reserves Announced

    NBA.com "Millions of fan votes decided who the starters would be for the 65th NBA All-Star Game next month in Toronto. Only 12 to 14 were required, from coaches around the league, were required to decide the 14 other players who would fill out the rosters for the Eastern and Western Conference..." January 29

  • 13d
    Brad Turner @BA_Turner

    East All Star reserves: Jimmy Butler, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap, Andre Drummond, Chris Bosh, John Wall, Isaiah Thomas

  • 13d
    Jonathan Feigen @Jonathan_Feigen

    Western Conference reserves: Draymond Green, James Harden, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Aldridge. No Dirk.

  • Should The Toronto Raptors Make A Play For Blake Griffin?

    Complex "It’s been a chaotic week in the NBA with Cleveland firing David Blatt and the Los Angeles Clippers looking like they’re imploding, what with Blake Griffin breaking his hand while clocking the equipment manager and everything. In the midst of all that craziness, the Toronto Raptors have..." January 28

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to reevaluate fan voting for All-Star Game

    USA Today "Since NBA Commissioner Adam Silver officially took over for David Stern during All-Star weekend nearly two years ago, his willingness to consider any and all changes that would improve the league has been one of the hallmarks of his tenure. That ideology, it appears, will apply to the All-Star..." January 28

  • Kyle Lowry injures wrist vs. Wizards; X-rays negative

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors tied a franchise record with their ninth straight victory following a win over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. However, all anyone at the Air Canada Centre could think about afterward was the health of Eastern Conference All-Star starter Kyle Lowry. Leading by 17 with..." January 27

  • Raptors tie franchise record with ninth straight win by beating Wizards

    Toronto Star "No one really expected anything else when Kyle Lowry got up from his locker room seat at the urging of DeMar DeRozan. “I’m fine” were the first words out of Lowry’s mouth. “Thanks for asking, DeMar, I’m fine.” Lowry had done something to his wrist late in the Toronto Raptors’ easy 106-89..." January 27

  • Raptors defeat Clippers for eighth straight victory

    Toronto Star "Most nights it’s one guy or maybe two who have produced while others have struggled and the inconsistency of the Toronto Raptors’ bench has been a thing every now and then, even though the team has survived well enough. But on a night when four guys have it going at the same time, it’s all fun..." January 25

  • Raptors looking to add Lee?

    Sportsnet "The NBA’s Feb. 18 trade deadline is less than a month away and the hot stove is beginning to warm up. Here’s some of the latest buzz from around the league. Celtics, Raptors working on a deal? The Skinny: Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reports that the Boston Celtics are looking to move..." January 24

  • Raptors manhandle short-handed Miami Heat

    Toronto Star "DeMar DeRozan is under no illusions about what he is as a basketball player and where his strengths lie — he is a driver and a mid-range shooter and one of the best in the NBA at drawing contact and creating fouls. But it is to dream right? And after one of the best long-distance shooting..." January 23

  • Does Chris Bosh expect a better reception in Toronto? Not really.

    Miami Herald "It didn't get the attention of LeBron James' return to a feral, ferocious Cleveland, back on Dec. 2, 2010, but Chris Bosh's first trip back to Toronto -- back on Feb. 16, 2011 -- wasn't all that welcoming an experience either. Bosh scored 25 points in that win, against the franchise for which..." January 22

  • 20d
    Sporting News NBA @sn_nba

    Eastern Conference All-Star Game Starters: G: K. Lowry G: D. Wade F: L. James F: P. George F: C. Anthony

  • 20d
    ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

    Western Conference All-Star Starters: Stephen Curry (GSW) Russell Westbrook (OKC) Kobe Bryant (LAL) Kawhi Leonard (SAS) Kevin Durant (OKC)

  • Unpredictable Raptors top Celtics, win sixth straight

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors can't say Dwane Casey failed to send a warning before Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics. “We can't play two out of four quarters,” Casey had said a day earlier. “We need to string them together. If not, it's going to be a long evening." The Raptors again showcased the..." January 21

  • This simple rule change will end the intentional fouling epidemic in the NBA

    SB Nation "On Wednesday, the Rockets intentionally fouled Andre Drummond 12 times in a row to start the third quarter. This included intentionally putting the Pistons into the bonus using an end-of-the-bench player for the first five fouls. This is not basketball. While intentional fouling is only an..." January 21

  • The Big Shorts: An era in basketball fashion is coming to an end

    Washington Post "Jerry West, the model for the logo of the National Basketball Association, wore basketball shorts the length of loincloths. Michael Jordan inspired a major alteration when he appealed for a longer and baggier cut. Then a group of freshmen at the University of Michigan known as the “Fab Five”..." January 21

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Will Explore the Idea of Weekday Morning Games

    Complex "Imagine a world where you have a day off from work, wake up a little later than usual, grab a bowl of cereal, turn on the TV and watch a live NBA game. Sounds too good to be true? It could become a reality. It's an interesting approach by NBA commissioner Adam Silver, but do the positives..." January 21

  • Forbes: Knicks, worth $3 billion, pass Lakers as NBA’s most valuable team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Five years ago, Forbes named the Knicks the NBA’s most valuable team, appraising them at $655 million. Now, that would barely top the last-place Pelicans. Forbes released its latest valuations of NBA teams today, and the Knicks ($3 billion) overtook the Lakers ($2.7 billion) for the top..." January 20

  • Stephen Curry No. 1 On Jersey Sales List, Kristaps Porzingis No. 4

    Real GM Basketball "Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors retained top honors on the NBA’s Most Popular Jersey and Team Merchandise lists. Results are based on NBAStore.com sales from October 2015 through December 2015 and reflect a record-breaking holiday shopping season. NBAStore.com had its largest Black..." January 20

  • David Lee on Raptors' radar?

    Hoops Hype "The problem for Boston is that it’s difficult to move Lee’s $15.4 million contract without any long-term cap impact. Their desire to keep their flexibility and not take on long-term money is something the Celtics have made clear to inquiring teams. " January 20

  • DeRozan on display as Raptors take down Nets

    Toronto Star "They are not overly dynamic, nor do they produce the “oohs” and “ahhs” of the jaw-dropping athletes who can dominate the game. But the ruthless efficiency of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry is becoming the trademark of what’s looking like a tremendous Toronto Raptors team. They go about their..." January 19

  • USA Basketball Announces 30 Finalists For 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Team

    USA Basketball "Three-time Olympic medalists Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers) headline the list of 30 finalists today named for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team by USA Basketball. The player selections were approved by the USA Basketball Board of Directors. The..." January 18

  • Kyle Lowry: DeMar DeRozan stopped Raptors from making black and gold main colors

    Pro Basketball Talk "A couple years ago, the Raptors were considering changing their colors to black and gold. As we know now, they kept red as a primary color. They just created a Drake-inspired black-and-gold alternate jersey to go with home whites and road reds. Why didn’t the Raptors go full..." January 15

  • Raptors bench the x-factor in overseas win over Magic

    Toronto Sun "It was the kind of night that had Kyle Lowry throwing the stat sheet in the garbage and still smiling about it. Lowry and the Raptors are heading back to Toronto today happy to have gotten out of here with a win. They leave behind a rabid NBA fan base that deservedly received a bonus five..." January 15

  • Adam Silver says NBA may eventually schedule morning games to accommodate international audiences

    SB Nation "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the league will consider experimenting with scheduling games during the morning on week days to accommodate the international audience, according to USA Today's Jeff Zilgitt. He said this in a press conference prior to Thursday's Raptors-Magic game in..." January 15

  • Meek Mill Songs Are Banned from Toronto Raptors Locker Room

    Bleacher Report "The Drake/Meek Mill beef continues? After famously exchanging a multitude of diss tracks, it's no secret that the pair share no love, but, unfortunately for Meek Mill, that lack of affection has also transferred to the Toronto Raptors who have chosen to align themselves with Drizzy: team..." January 15

  • NBA's Adam Silver shoots down expansion to Europe

    Sporting News "Before the Magic and Raptors played in London, NBA commissioner Adam Silver made clear that the league is not seeking to add a European franchise any time soon. "We are not actively taking steps to bring a franchise to Europe or to expand to Europe," Silver said in a London press conference...." January 15

  • Drake, Kevin Hart to coach Canada and USA in All-Star Celebrity Game

    CBS Sports "The NBA announced the coaches and rosters for this year's NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Thursday. This year in Toronto, it will be a little different: the two teams will represent the USA and Canada. Team USA will be coached by Kevin Hart, who has retired from playing in the game but..." January 14

  • The NCAA is actually considering new NBA Draft rules more favorable for student athletes

    SB Nation "The NCAA will consider a proposal that would push back the date for when men's college basketball players must declare for the NBA Draft, according to NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations Michelle Brutlag Hosick. The current declaration date is the day before the start of the..." January 12

  • Lakers will offer max to DeMar DeRozan this summer

    Pro Basketball Talk "Here are the facts: DeMar DeRozan is a lock to opt out of his contract this summer. He’d be an idiot not to. He has one season left on this deal at $10 million. A max offer for him will start in the four-year, $100 million range. Nobody leaves $90 million on the table. DeRozan has said he wants..." January 12

  • Looking to leap in Toronto

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors fit the profile of a team that should be going for it all right now. They have two likely All-Stars in their primes, and they just opened the vault in free agency for a perfect positional fit who turns 30 this summer. And after two straight first-round losses, including an..." January 12

  • Big night from DeRozan guides Raps to win over Wizards

    Toronto Sun "The Raptors have had many terrible starts against the Wizards over the past year. In the playoffs, it spelled certain doom. But on Friday night at a sparsely filled Verizon Center, the visitors dug deep and vastly outplayed the Wizards the rest of the way in an eventual 97-88 win. DeMar DeRozan..." January 10