Raptors Rumors & News

  • DeRozan hopes to leave legacy in Toronto

    L.A. Daily News "The unassuming man walked into the gym without any hint he just agreed to the third largest contract in NBA history two days earlier. DeMar DeRozan wore basic gym gear, including a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. He arrived without any entourage to accentuate his importance. Some fans approached..." July 24

  • Coach K calls out Lowry for being too passive vs. Argentina

    NBA.com "Five things we learned from Team USA's 111-74 victory over Argentina Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in the first of its five pre-Olympics exhibition games: 1. They're already ahead of schedule Catch them early, was the best advice anyone could give Argentina. With only four days of practice..." July 24

  • Scola claims young Argentina teammates weren't starstruck by Team USA

    The Score "Luis Scola - along with the likes of Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino - acts as one of the veteran voices on an Argentina Olympic squad looking to make some noise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer. The nine-year NBA pro will bring valuable veteran leadership and savvy to a..." July 23

  • Raptors’ Carroll responds to Jae Crowder’s comment

    Sportsnet "In an interview on Thursday, Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder said that he thinks his team has what it takes to reach the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season, and that he “wasn’t worried about” the three-time defending division champ Toronto Raptors impeding the Celts’ progress. Shortly..." July 22

  • Nets’ Luis Scola can’t believe the rent prices in Brooklyn

    New York Post "During a press conference at UNLV to announce the junior NBA program coming to Argentina, Luis Scola was handed a black Nets jersey. The face of the 36-year-old forward lit up. “I haven’t seen one of these yet,” Scola said. Indeed, Scola missed Wednesday’s press conference in Brooklyn to..." July 22

  • Celtics' Crowder: 'Toronto is not a team we're worried about'

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 22

  • Raptors sign Jarrod Uthoff to a 2-year partially guaranteed contract

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors are not exactly making the guessing game for their final roster spot an easy one. Fresh off signing Fred VanVleet earlier this week, Toronto has now added Jarrod Uthoff, after signing him to a two-year partially guaranteed contract. As per usual, the deal was announced by Woj..." July 21

  • Raptors Trading For Blake Griffin? Carroll, Patterson To Clippers

    Morning News USA "After missing out on the Pau Gasol sweepstakes in June, the Toronto Raptors are now reportedly setting their sights on another top-caliber power forward. Word around the league is that the Raptors are targeting Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin. Griffin has a player option in 2017. He..." July 21

  • Mixed Martial Arts and Basketball Worlds of James Johnson

    Hot Hot Hoops "The story goes that when the Chicago Bulls stayed at the allegedly haunted Skirvin Hotel, while they were in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder, Derrick Rose chose James Johnson as his roommate. A Grantland article (They Call Him Bloodsport) explains Johnson's qualifications as a bodyguard and..." July 20

  • Raptors sign Fred VanVleet to multi-year contract

    Raptors HQ "This is maybe not the deal you were looking for, but the Raptors have announced the signing of guard Fred VanVleet to a multi-year contract. The number of years in that "multi" designation, and the financial terms of the deal, have not be disclosed. Also still in the dark: how guaranteed the the..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Raptors' Delon Wright: Dislocates shoulder

    CBS Sports "Wright suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the fourth quarter of Saturday's summer league matchup with the Timberwolves and was unable to return." July 17

  • Dwane Casey expects Jared Sullinger to be Toronto’s starting power forward

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors didn’t give Jared Sullinger the full mid-level exception this summer expecting him to ride the bench all year, and they appear to be planning accordingly. According to a report by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun quoting head coach Dwane Casey on Thursday, the Raptors are..." July 14

  • DeRozan, Raptors in tough to take great leap forward

    Sportsnet "DeMar DeRozan’s new five-year contract will almost certainly make him the most accomplished and decorated player in Toronto Raptors history by the time it’s up. Barring anything unforeseen the formerly shy rookie from Compton will spend the entire prime of his career in Toronto and finish as..." July 14

  • Jalen Rose and First Take Host Molly Qerim Are Dating

    The Big Lead "Jalen Rose and Molly Qerim are dating, as evidenced by the photos shared by Jalen Rose on social media above and below. The relationship is now public. Rose is the co-host of the ESPN Radio program Jalen & Jacoby, and also an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Countdown studio show." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Ex-coach: Jared Sullinger must give teams more reasons to trust him

    Boston Herald "The Celtics will talk about what a tough decision it was to rescind Jared Sullinger’s qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. They will note how the addition of Al Horford created a frontcourt logjam that forced them to part ways with the 2012 first-round pick. They will..." July 12

  • Raptors Sign Jared Sullinger

    Hoops Rumors "It appears the Jared Sullinger will remain in the Atlantic Division, with the big man tweeting out that he intends to join the Raptors. It will be a one-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports (via Twitter). The arrangement is worth approximately $6MM, Marc Stein of ESPN.com..." July 11

  • James Johnson signing 1-year, $4M deal with Heat

    Raptors Republic "The Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year, $4-million deal with James Johnson, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting. Johnson has spent the last two seasons – and one prior to that – with the Toronto Raptors, proving a lightning rod for commenters thanks to his polarizing play. With great floor..." July 10

  • Report: Raptors officially sign rookies Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam

    Raptors HQ "As expected, the Raptors announced today that they've officially signed their two newest rookies, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam. Both players will be under contract until 2017-18, with two team option years after that carrying them (potentially) to 2019-2020. As a refresher: Poeltl is a 7',..." July 09

  • Raptors reportedly expressing interest in Drew Gooden

    Raptors HQ "Toronto's lack of depth in the front court has been discussed to death since the off-season got rolling. After balking at the Thunder's demanded package to swing a deal for Serge Ibaka, and with most of the free agent pool drained of talent, the Raptors are reportedly setting their sites on..." July 07

  • Report: Hawks discussed Millsap trade with Raptors, Rockets

    The Score "With Al Horford having yet to decide whether he was going to re-sign with the franchise or not, the Atlanta Hawks, if only for a short period of time, tossed around the idea of trading All-Star power forward Paul Millsap. Two teams Atlanta discussed deals with were the Toronto Raptors and..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Biyombo thanks Toronto and the Raptors organization in Instagram note

    Raptors HQ "We're all dealing with the departure of Bismack Biyombo in our own way. You might be upset about it, or have the insane view that Toronto should have done more to keep him, or just feel sad about it. Me personally, I'm listening to breakup songs and staring out rain-soaked windows. Yeah, what of..." July 06

  • What moves can the Raptors still make this offseason?

    Raptors HQ "Off-season splashes in the NBA, unless you're the Warriors, are made in an effort to catch up to the pack. Entering this summer, the Raptors weren't exactly bringing up the rear. Winning 56 games, running away with the East's second seed and advancing to the Conference Finals comfortably has..." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Spurs, Raptors reportedly front-runners for Pau Gasol; Blazers still in mix

    CBS Sports "The San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers are all looking for Gasol's decision to be in their favor. The Minnesota Timberwolves have also pursued Gasol, but they don't seem to be a finalist for his services. Chris Broussard of ESPN is reporting the Spurs and Raptors are..." July 04

  • Raptors’ Joseph, Cavs’ Thompson on Canada Olympic qualifier roster

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson headline a group of 12 players who will represent Canada in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada Basketball announced the roster Sunday. The six-team tournament starts July 5 in Manila,..." July 03

  • Raptors could try to lure Pau Gasol

    Raptors Republic "One of the most popular names in the Raptors Republic comments has popped its head up in the rumor will. Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports warns not to be surprised if the Raptors try to lure Pau Gasol now that Bismack Biyombo is off to Orlando. Now, there are some realities here to..." July 03

  • Raptors met with Ryan Anderson on Canada Day

    Raptors HQ "While the insanity of the biggest NBA free agency period rages all around us, the Raptors have remained relatively quiet. Sure, they signed DeRozan to a near-max deal, but that was expected. But today, on Canada Day, according to Mark Medina of Los Angeles Daily News, Raptors management met with..." July 02

  • Bismack Biyombo Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Magic

    Real GM Basketball "The Orlando Magic have agreed upon a four-year deal with Bismack Biyombo. Biyombo emerged with the Toronto Raptors this past season after agreeing upon a two-year, $10 million contract in 2015 that included a player option." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Lowry congratulates BFF DeRozan on new contract with Raptors- 'Never buying DeMar dinner again'

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors rewarded DeMar DeRozan with a five-year max deal early Friday morning and perhaps no one was as excited as Kyle Lowry, DeRozan’s BFF. With the new contract reportedly coming in at nearly $140 million, Lowry has made it known that he is never picking up the dinner tab again." July 01

  • Raptors, DeRozan agree to 5-year contract

    The Score "DeMar DeRozan and the Toronto Raptors have agreed to a new five-year contract, according to USA Today's Sam Amick." July 01

  • Raptors Extend Qualifying Offer To Nando De Colo

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have extended the qualifying offer to Nando De Colo. The Raptors own De Colo's NBA rights. " June 30

  • Is Ryan Anderson a fit for the Raptors?

    Raptors Republic "Coming off the best Raptors season to date, the team looks to improve on its Eastern Conference Finals appearance and make a splash this offseason. While some fans would like the Raptors to go all out and make a run for Kevin Durant, after a WCF appearance, and his love for Oklahoma City, that now..." June 30

  • 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

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