Raptors Rumors & News

  • Joseph's career game pushes Raptors past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- On Monday, Cory Joseph found out there was a possibility he would start for a resting Kyle Lowry. A day later, possibility became a reality for Joseph. And a player not known for scoring put on a superb impersonation of Lowry. Joseph scored a career-high 33 points,..." January 17

  • Raptors' Lowry focused on winning, not free agency

    ESPN "When it comes to admiring the staggering numbers that Russell Westbrook and James Harden are putting up nightly, Kyle Lowry is like the rest of us. He too is in awe of the "ridiculous numbers" and admits it has been "unbelievable to watch." But don't let Lowry fool you. Quietly, the Toronto..." January 17

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • DeRozan leads Raptors past Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors believe their third-quarter showing on Sunday afternoon against the New York Knicks was an example of what their team is capable of when their offense and defense are clicking simultaneously. Toronto outscored New York 27-8 in the third quarter, paving the way..." January 15

  • DeRozan leads as Raptors bury Nets

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- In an effort to shut down Brooklyn center Brook Lopez, the Toronto defense was collapsing on the paint all night and it nearly proved costly, but an early fourth quarter run helped the Raptors to a 132-113 victory over the Nets at Air Canada Centre. DeMar DeRozan scored a..." January 13

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry having yet another career year

    Fanrag Sports "It’s become something of an annual tradition to say that Kyle Lowry is having a career year. From his quiet NBA debut a decade ago — as an undistinguished back-up on a pair of 20-win editions of the Memphis Grizzlies — up through making the last two All-Star Games, Lowry has defied traditional..." January 11

  • DeRozan scores 41 as Raptors top Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 41 points in a 114-106 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night, but Toronto coach Dwane Casey was even more impressed with his guard's play on the boards. With Patrick Patterson still feeling the effects of a knee injury that sidelined..." January 10

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • Butler's big night helps Bulls slay Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- By now, Jimmy Butler's Chicago Bulls teammates know what to expect when a game is hanging in the balance. If there's a big shot to be taken, Butler will likely be the one to take it. So after the Bulls erased a 19-point deficit to force overtime Saturday night against the..." January 08

  • Harden triple-double lifts Rockets to 8th in row

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- After producing his 10th triple-double of the season, it was a single-digit number that brought the biggest smile from James Harden. He had 40 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, but when asked which of those numbers brought him the most satisfaction, the chose..." January 08

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo And Kyle Lowry Lose All-Star Game Votes Because Of Their Last Names

    Uproxx "Giannis Antetokounmpo should be, by any objective measure, a lock to reach the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. The 22-year-old, do-everything forward is averaging 24.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game this season while leading the Milwaukee Bucks to a record above .500 and a likely trip to..." January 08

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Lowry scores 33 to lead Raptors past Jazz

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors took a while shake off the effects of a six-game, 12-day trip on their return home on Thursday night. They almost waited too long. The Raptors did not lead in their game at any point against the Utah Jazz until it counted, late in the fourth quarter...." January 05

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017

    NBA.com "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told ESPN.com. "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • Spurs rout Raptors behind Leonard, Aldridge

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- Night in and night out, teams beaten by the San Antonio Spurs say the same thing in postgame interviews: "The Spurs just did what they do." Because of that consistency, it's up to San Antonio's opponents to rise to the occasion - and when they don't, they usually get..." January 04

  • Raptors roll past fading Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Before and after Sunday's game, Toronto coach Dwane Casey bemoaned the problems created by the loss of forward Patrick Patterson to a knee injury on Thursday night in Phoenix. The Raptors would be "searching for the right combinations" on the floor without Patterson, Casey..." January 02

  • Bledsoe, Booker guide Suns past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "PHOENIX -- Some teams talk about absorbing a blow and responding. Phoenix coach Earl Watson believes in a more proactive approach. "Our thing is, let's be first first one to hit," Watson said. "Let's come out, be the aggressors, and let them try to counteract us. It was great lesson to..." December 30

  • Raptors' Patterson suffers knee injury vs. Suns

    Toronto Star "Dwane Casey called him the team’s “Swiss Army knife” earlier this week, a multi-faceted tool vital to the Toronto Raptors’ success, someone who can be plugged into a variety of spots at a variety of times, given a variety of jobs and then left alone to do them. Patrick Patterson carries neither..." December 30

  • Warriors spoil DeRozan's record night

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors committed 20 turnovers Wednesday night and watched the Toronto Raptors take 103 shots against them. Golden State won anyway, even if coach Steve Kerr was not entirely happy with the means. Klay Thompson scored 12 of his 21 points in a 42-point first..." December 29

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • DeMar DeRozan becomes Toronto Raptors’ all-time leading scorer

    Vancouver Province "It came as most of his scoring does, from an area no longer valued by today’s NBA. But it was extremely fitting as that mid-range pull-up jumper that pushed DeMar DeRozan past Chris Bosh and made him the Toronto Raptors’ all-time leading scorer is exactly what has made DeRozan such a valuable..." December 29

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Raptors eke out win at Portland

    The Sports Xchange "PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Toronto Raptors own the top-rated offense in the NBA, but it was their defense that carried them to a 95-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night at Moda Center. The Raptors (22-8) shot a season-low 33.7 percent from the field, but they held the Trail..." December 27

  • Lowry leads Raptors to win in Utah

    The Sports Xchange "SALT LAKE CITY – When it came time to ignite Toronto's offense for one final fourth-quarter burst, Kyle Lowry didn't hesitate for a second to step up and light the fuse. Lowry quickly went on a rampage as he overwhelmed Utah. It came in the form of slashing layups, crisp 3-pointers and..." December 24

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Lowry leads Raptors over Nets

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors played their final home game of 2016 before hitting the road for a six-game trip on Tuesday night and breezed to a 116-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. These are teams going in different directions. The Raptors won for the 12th time in their past 14 games in..." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020

    Fox Sports "The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a..." December 20

  • Craig Sager’s Memorial Service Was A Collection Of Painfully Beautiful Moments And Tributes

    Uproxx "Craig Sager’s memorial service was held in Atlanta on Monday. His family and friends from decades of covering sports came out to say goodbye, including his long-time co-worker and friend Ernie Johnson, who delivered a touching tribute to Sager in the form of a poem. NBA TV aired the service..." December 20

  • Blazers, Raptors Eyeing Nerlens Noel?

    Fox Sports "NBA Trade Rumors: With the Sixers making it pretty clear that Nerlens Noel is on the trade block, the Blazers and Raptors eye a potential deal There are rarely sure things in the NBA. However, Nerlens Noel getting traded before the NBA Trade Deadline likely is one of them. He’s fallen out of..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • DeRozan scores 31 as Raptors rout Magic

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Toronto Raptors used the first quarter Sunday night as a wake-up call. They went to work in the next three periods, showing just how good they can be. The Raptors smothered the Orlando Magic 109-79 finding a defensive intensity that matched their usual high-scoring..." December 18

  • Howard scores 27 to lead Hawks past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Atlanta Hawks turned the tables on the Toronto Raptors on Friday night, holding on for a 125-121 victory. The Hawks had lost to the Raptors 128-84 on Dec. 3, also at the Air Canada Centre. The 44-point winning margin was the largest in Raptors' team history. It was..." December 16

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65. Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading. He got his start in television as..." December 15

  • Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration. Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The..." December 15

  • From players' perspective, warm reaction to new work agreement

    ESPN "While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesday's news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA..." December 15

  • NBA and players association have one month to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

    Sports Day "The NBA and its players have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that still needs to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The league announced the tentative agreement Wednesday night, one day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the..." December 15

  • NBA, players union reach tentative new labor agreement

    ESPN "The NBA and the NBA Players Association jointly announced Wednesday night that they have a reached tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement pending ratification by the league's players and team owners. The sides have agreed to extend its mutual deadline to opt out of the..." December 15

  • Raptors wobble at the end but hold off 76ers

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was satisfied with Wednesday night's result -- a 123-114 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers -- but not the ending. The Atlantic Division-leading Raptors, sparked by DeMar DeRozan's 31 points, took a 19-point lead over the Eastern..." December 14

  • NBA, NBPA Remain Close On New CBA, Discussing Group Licensing

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA continue to work towards completing a new collective bargaining agreement. The final sticking point of the talks has been their group licensing arrangement. The union would like to have control over the licensing of player likenesses." December 13

  • What's the holdup in new NBA deal?

    ESPN "The last several months, the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have been quietly working hard on a new collective bargaining agreement to avoid a work stoppage, which took place before a deal was struck in 2011. The negotiations have been building toward this week, when a..." December 13

  • NBA to test bigger ref crews in D-League

    Toronto Star "The laboratory that is the NBA D-League is open for business again. The NBA will use its farm league to experiment for nine games with four- and five-person officiating crews starting later this month in an attempt to see if more eyes can create a better game. The expanded crews will be..." December 13

  • DeRozan drops 30 as Raptors rout Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors played their game Monday night. The Milwaukee Bucks did not. The Raptors were in control most of the way, shrugged off a third-quarter surge from the Bucks and pulled away in the fourth quarter to earn a 122-100 victory. DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points and..." December 12

  • John Legend to headline 2017 NBA-All Star halftime show

    Pro Basketball Talk "After setting the bar impossibly low last year, the NBA improved its headliner for this year’s All-Star halftime show. NBA release: The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that 10-time Grammy® Award-winning recording artist John Legend will headline the 66th NBA All-Star..." December 12

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