Raptors Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Raptors' Casey: 'It's not over with yet'

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors have been roundly dismissed by the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first two games of the conference finals, but they're not giving up quite yet. Following a 19-point loss on Thursday, head coach Dwane Casey maintained that his Raptors won't stop fighting until the final..." May 20

  • Kyle Lowry Wanted to Watch OKC-Warriors With Tyronn Lue

    Fox Sports "Toronto Raptors star guard Kyle Lowry has a very close relationship with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. How close? The Raptors point guard, who talked to Lue throughout the first two rounds of the Eastern Conference playoffs, told Lue he wanted to watch Game 2 of the..." May 20

  • Raptors assistant Rex Kalamian interviews for Rockets head coaching job

    Toronto Star "Rex Kalamian’s talents have caught the eye of the Houston Rockets. The Raptors assistant was interviewed by Rockets owner Leslie Alexander and general manager Daryl Morey here Thursday afternoon, league sources confirm. EPSN.com first reported the news. Kalamian is in his first year on..." May 20

  • Frustrated Kyle Lowry goes to locker room to relax during game, gets ripped by fans

    Fox Sports "Kyle Lowry has had more than his share of struggles this postseason, and the Toronto Raptors' All-Star point guard is feeling the frustration. Lowry has just 18 points on 8-for-28 shooting in the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, as he's been badly outplayed by Cleveland's Kyrie..." May 20

  • Report: Raptors' Valanciunas out for Game 3, rest of series in doubt

    CBS Sports "Things are grim for the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals. Not only are they struggling to even be within striking distance of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but we don't even know if their center Jonas Valanciunas will even get to participate in the series. He's been out since the middle..." May 20

  • DeMarre Carroll on LeBron James flagrant foul complaints: ‘We don’t act’

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James feels that he hasn’t gotten a fair shake when it comes to flagrant fouls in the postseason, but one Toronto Raptors player seems to think there’s a reason for that. On Tuesday, James wondered aloud what it would take for a flagrant foul to be called in his favor, having been..." May 19

  • We should stop making fun of the Raptors

    SB Nation "The Toronto Raptors provide ample material for jokes, and the internet is happy to oblige. When you have a superstar ambassador as polarizing (and straight-up funny) as Drake, when your marketing campaign is based on loosely accurate geographic statements, when your local politicians never cease..." May 19

  • Bismack Biyombo not afraid of LeBron James, only lions

    The Sports Daily "What is Toronto Raptors center Bismack Biyombo afraid of? Not LeBron James, that’s for sure. “No I’m not and I will never be. I’m never afraid of human beings,” Biyombo told reporters Thursday when asked if he was afraid of James. “I always joke with Kyle [Lowry], I’m afraid of..." May 19

  • Cavs go inside, crush Raptors in Game 1

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- As 3-pointers fell at historic rates through the first two rounds of the postseason, LeBron James' message never changed: The Cleveland Cavaliers are not just a team of jump-shooters. In Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, James and the Cavaliers proved it. On a night when..." May 18

  • Orlando guard Evan Fournier: Raptors have ‘zero chance’ of winning game against Cleveland

    Larry Brown Sports "Very few NBA observers are giving the Toronto Raptors a chance against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. It turns out that even people within the game feel that way, too. Take, for example, Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier, who offered his opinion on how the series will..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Kyle Lowry and the 2015-16 Raptors achieve immortality in Game 7

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors aren't the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers. Where those more hallowed franchises might have extensive halls of fame, Toronto's could comfortably fit in a janitor's closet. Aside from a few flashes of being slightly better than mediocre, it's been an excruciating 21-year..." May 17

  • Raptors make it official, Jonas Valanciunas out for Game 1

    Pro Basketball Talk "We knew this was coming, Raptors coach Dwane Casey already said as much and added Game 2 could be the same. But now it is official via the Raptors, no Jonas Valanciunas for Toronto in Game 1 against Cleveland Tuesday night. The Raptors odds of winning a game in this series drop steeply..." May 17