Raptors Rumors & News

  • Report: NBA could eliminate Hack-a-Shaq strategy

    SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 04

  • NBA Commissioner Sends Veiled Warning to Players' Union Regarding Labor Deal

    Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04

  • Five possible homes for Raptors proposed NBA D-League team

    Toronto Star "The Raptors are one step closer to getting their own farm team, with the organization approving the purchase of an NBA Development League club. But where will they set up? Here are five possibilities: Mississauga Why it makes sense: Aside from convenience, Mississauga has a hefty population..." May 03

  • Pierce gets one last jab in at Drake before Hawks series

    CSN Washington "Before we finally close the book on Washington's first-round playoff series against Toronto, it would only be right if Paul Pierce got in one more little jab on Raptors global ambassador Drake, right? He did that in a one-on-one interview with CSN's Chris Miller over the weekend. Asked..." May 03

  • Raptors' Dwane Casey safe for now: Ujiri

    Toronto Sun "Rather than do something he might regret in the heat of the moment, Masai Ujiri has decided to wait. He will reflect on a season that saw the Raptors set a franchise record with 49 wins and hold top-two placement in the Eastern Conference into February. He will also sift through the rubble and..." April 29

  • Bruno Caboclo, prospects big winners as Raptors get go-ahead to buy D League team

    Toronto Star "There are myriad issues to be resolved with the Raptors and general manager Masai Ujiri will deal with those in time, what has him excited at the moment is the chance to add a minor league team as a training ground from everything from rookie players to front office personnel. The board of..." April 29

  • Raptors Evaluating Future Of Dwane Casey

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors are evaluating everyone after their first-round sweep against the Washington Wizards, including Dwane Casey. “Everything is going to be evaluated and we go from there," Masai Ujiri said. "There is no doomsday here. We want to win here, we want to keep building."" April 28

  • Dwane Casey and the Raptors face serious questions after sweep

    CBSSports.com "Dwane Casey sat in the Toronto Raptors' media room and spoke for 31 minutes on Monday. On his right hand was 2011 NBA championship ring, earned as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. He'd worn it the night before in Washington, hoping it would give the Raptors a boost as they tried to..." April 28

  • Report: Dwane Casey Expected To Return Next Season

    Raptors HQ "After getting swept by the Wizards in round one, everyone's attention turned to Dwane Casey, who has two years left on his contract (the last year is a team option), and whether Masai Ujiri would fire his coach after such an embarrassing exit. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Ujiri -- who will..." April 28

  • Toronto Raptors ponder Dwane Casey’s fate, Jonas Valanciunas’s future: A look at the off-season

    National Post "Five teams faced the proposition of a first-round sweep over the weekend. The Bucks and the Mavericks won their games, which is the objective in professional basketball. The Pelicans and Celtics could not delay their fate, but they went down swinging against clearly superior teams. As for the..." April 28

  • Wizards sweep Raptors with 125-94 rout in Game 4

    Washington Post "Paul Pierce strutted off the Verizon Center floor Sunday evening to a standing ovation, beckoning more noise from the broom-wielding capacity crowd, soaking in yet another memorable playoff moment. He had just haunted the Toronto Raptors one final time, applying the finishing touches to the..." April 27

  • Greivis Vasquez says trash-talker like Paul Pierce what Raptors missing

    ESPN.com "Greivis Vasquez was weary of Paul Pierce's trash talk at the beginning of the Toronto Raptors' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, but after his team was swept Sunday, he now says a talker like Pierce is exactly what Toronto needs. Pierce grabbed attention in a pre-series..." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • Paul Pierce trolls Drake, Raptors after sweep

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul Pierce tormented the Raptors all series – from “It” to a huge Game 1 to “That’s why I’m here!” So, once the Wizards completed their sweep of Toronto, Pierce sure wasn’t stopping. He took aim at his old friend Drake, whose last album was “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late:” " April 27

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    James Herbert @outsidethenba

    Greivis Vasquez: "Basically, we need a Paul Pierce that's gonna talk that trash. We don't have that."

  • 7d
    Michael Grange @michaelgrange

    Lowry: "there is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed"

  • Wizards grind out Game 3 to beat Raptors again

    CSN Washington "No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series, which means the Toronto Raptors, who lost 106-99 on Friday at Verizon Center, should commence booking summer vacations. The Wizards? Their franchise, which has won an NBA championship and been to three NBA Finals,..." April 25

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    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Wouldn't be surprised to see Casey start Amir or Pat over Hansbrough tonight. Wiz have loaded up on DeRozan/Lowry. Need another shot-maker

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    Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun

    Another thing from shootaround: Kyle Lowry wasn’t doing much on-court stuff. Was clearly sick. As one reporter put it “frog in throat."

  • Raptors adopt "must-win" mindset

    TSN.ca "The Raptors squeezed in a late afternoon practice session at the Air Canada Centre prior to hitting the road on Thursday. As they were wrapping up, just over 24 hours before the biggest game of their season, Dwane Casey had a message for his players. "If you're not going to Washington to..." April 24

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Raptors’ DeRozan, Lowry not delivering in playoffs

    Sportsnet.ca "There will be time, once this season is over, for a complete dissection and the proper spreading of blame, if needed. That’s when Masai Ujiri will finally have to saddle up and figure out if his Toronto Raptors team is a player away from being really good, or farther away from contending than..." April 23

  • Bradley Beal, John Wall lead Wizards to commanding series lead against Raptors

    Washington Post "The Bradley Beal who the Washington Wizards need in the playoffs, the aggressive, tenacious scorer who can bludgeon opponents in the blink of an eye, materialized for 12 minutes in the Wizards’ heated 117-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference..." April 22

  • 12d
    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry (left shin contusion) is expected to practice tomorrow and play Friday at Washington. #raptors #rtz

  • 13d
    Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050

    Lou on re-signing with Raptors: "That would be ideal for me.... The identity that this team & this town has, I really wanna be a part of it"

  • Raptors see investment in Terrence Ross paying off

    Toronto Sun "This time a year ago, Terrence Ross was as overmatched and out of sorts as a young NBA pro could be. He was seeing his first playoff action and quite frankly he wasn't handling it well. Everything was bigger and faster, not to mention more magnified and Ross was finding it all just a little..." April 21

  • All-Star PGs Wall, Lowry look to bounce back in Game 2

    ESPN.com "The battle between Eastern Conference All-Star point guards didn’t exactly go the way John Wall and Kyle Lowry probably envisioned it would in Game 1. Wall missed 13-of-18 shots and finished with only 10 points. Lowry missed 8-of-10 shots and scored seven points before fouling out and watching..." April 20

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    Howard Beck @HowardBeck

    Toronto's Lou Williams wins 2015 Sixth Man of the Year award, beating Isaiah Thomas (second) and Jamal Crawford (third).

  • Raptors' Lou Williams named NBA sixth man of year

    Toronto Sun "Raptors guard Lou Williams has been named the NBA's sixth man of the year. Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks last summer, Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points per game this season. Williams is the first Raptor to win the sixth man award. He is just the third Raptors player to..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that'

    CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Masai Ujiri fined $35,000 for 'We don't give a s--- about it' comment

    CBSSports.com "The NBA announced on Sunday that Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has been fined $35,000 and the organization itself has been fined $25,000 for saying, "We don't give a shit about 'it!'" before his team opened the playoffs on Saturday. The punishment was "for using obscene language..." April 20

  • Greivis Vasquez sick of talking about Paul Pierce, but says he has big balls

    CBSSports.com "Greivis Vasquez had words for Paul Pierce on Sunday. A lot of them. When a reporter brought up Pierce's comments from Saturday about a “psychological war,” the Toronto Raptors guard laughed. Then he interrupted the question about the Washington Wizards forward, who injected some drama into the..." April 19

  • Washington takes Game 1 from Toronto

    Washington Post "For two years, the Toronto Raptors were a baffling riddle to the Washington Wizards. They couldn’t figure them out in the District or in Canada, in overtime or in regulation. But they entered Saturday’s Game 1 against the nemesis confident that the past, seven losses in the last eight meetings,..." April 19

  • 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 19

  • 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

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    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

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    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

  • 23d
    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

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    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