Raptors Rumors & News

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • DeRozan’s relationship with Raptors enters unique territory

    Sportsnet "When Masai Ujiri and fellow Toronto Raptors executives Jeff Weltman and Bobby Webster were driving through suburban Los Angeles waiting for the clock to strike midnight eastern time on July 1 they had a very clear objective. Similarly, as DeMar DeRozan, his father Frank and mother Diane, his..." September 27

  • Raptors' Sullinger supports protests, believes NBA players will kneel

    Toronto Star "Dwane Casey is hedging his starting lineup bets. With the Toronto Raptors about to start training camp, Casey has a starting five in mind but isn’t about to fully commit. Three are no-brainers — Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas are locks — and if DeMarre Carroll remains..." September 26

  • DeRozan’s relationship with Raptors enters unique territory

    Sportsnet "When Masai Ujiri and fellow Toronto Raptors executives Jeff Weltman and Bobby Webster were driving through suburban Los Angeles waiting for the clock to strike midnight eastern time on July 1 they had a very clear objective. Similarly, as DeMar DeRozan, his father Frank and mother Diane, his..." September 26

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • Spurs hire former NBA player Landry Fields as a college scout

    Pro Basketball Talk "Landry Fields, a once-promising shooting guard from Stanford who played five seasons with the Knicks and Raptors from 2010 to 2015, appears to be done playing. The Spurs announced that they have hired the 28-year-old Fields as a college scout, among several other basketball-operations department..." September 18

  • Raptors' DeRozan upset about ranking on SI's Top 100 Players

    Raptors Republic "The very intelligent and hyper-talented Sports Illustrated duo of Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney (two of the very best in the business) have been rolling out their list of the Top 100 NBA Players this week, and several Toronto Raptors made the cut. You can check out the full list and write-ups here,..." September 16

  • Raptors To Sign Brady Heslip

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors will add a Canadian sharpshooter to their roster for training camp, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical, who reports (via Twitter) that Brady Heslip will get a partially guaranteed contract from the team. Charania’s report comes on the heels of an announcement by Raptors..." September 15

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Raptors extend Ujiri, promote Weltman to GM

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed President Masai Ujiri to a contract extension and promoted Jeff Weltman to general manager. Bobby Webster was also promoted to assistant general manager/vice president of basketball operations as part of the front office moves." September 02

  • Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors to play exhibition game in Vancouver

    CBC Sports "Lace 'em up! The Golden State Warriors are coming to Vancouver to play an exhibition against the Toronto Raptors on Oct. 1. The pre-season game at Rogers Arena will mark the Warriors debut of newly recruited basketball star Kevin Durant, and he'll get the chance to see what it's like to play..." September 01

  • Raptors, E.J. Singler Agree To Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors are bringing another player to camp, according to Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic, who reports (via Twitter) that the team has agreed to a deal with E.J. Singler. It’s not clear whether Singler will get any guaranteed money on his new contract, but the former Oregon forward will have..." August 24

  • New Raptors 2016-17 alternate jerseys help bridge past and present

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors unveiled two new jerseys for the upcoming 2016-17 season on Tuesday, one a nod to the NBA’s Canadian heritage and the other a celebration of the Chinese New Year. The first is a blue ‘Huskies’ uniform to help mark the 70th anniversary of the Toronto Huskies-New York Knicks..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Lithuania HC: Valanciunas ‘has to dedicate himself to basketball more’

    Raptors Republic "The piling on of Jonas Valanciunas continues. Lithuania head coach Jonas Kazlauskas was about as subtle as a brick in the small of the back on Thursday morning when evaluating Valanciunas’ play at the Olympics, joining a chorus of tweeters and commenters at RR who came away disappointed in the..." August 18

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • Raptors near extension for GM Ujiri

    Toronto Sun "Only three years into a five-year pact, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment appears poised to show a huge amount of faith in Raptors president/general manager Masai Ujiri. Ujiri, currently in Africa with his Giants of Africa movement, played it coy when reached for comment about a late-Thursday..." August 12

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Report: Jerry Stackhouse to move to D-League as new head coach of the Raptors 905

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors 905 just shot to the top of the “Do Not Mess With Us” list after reports, via Chris Reichert of Upside Motor, named Jerry Stackhouse the new head coach of the team. Stackhouse will come to the position after spending a year as an assistant with the big league squad working under..." August 02

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • How DeMar DeRozan has given Team USA some fire – and fun

    Yahoo! Sports "DeMar DeRozan’s deft cellphone camera work helped provide one of the more charming, indelible images of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team’s exhibition tour. On Team USA’s flight from Chicago to Houston, DeRozan captured the soulful stylings of Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving as they..." August 02

  • Raptors reportedly planning to target Serge Ibaka next summer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors must want revenge on the Orlando Magic for stealing Bismack Biyombo away this offseason. According to a report by Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the Raptors are planning to pursue three-time All-Defensive First Team big man Serge Ibaka next summer with a run at Ibaka said..." August 02

  • Delon Wright to miss 4 months following shoulder surgery

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that point guard Delon Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to miss at least four months." August 01

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • The Raptors’ focus this offseason? Take care of their own

    Boston Globe "The Raptors made a serious run at their first NBA Finals, taking the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference finals. Their biggest offseason acquisition? Former Celtic Jared Sullinger. But that is misleading. Their biggest offseason move was retaining free agent DeMar DeRozan, the..." August 01

  • Terrence Ross Gets Back With Baby Mama After Leaving Her for Amber Rose

    Black Sports Online "It happens. You are on and off with your baby mama and some other woman bird calls you, so you leave your baby mama for her. It happened to Swaggy P and it happened to Raptors Terrence Ross. At least Ross didn’t get anyone pregnant or buy any engagement rings." August 01

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Jared Sullinger is apparently already on the Lowry Workout Plan

    Raptors HQ "Ever since Kyle Lowry set the fitness bar in Toronto last summer, all professional athletes coming into the city have had a body of work (literally) to which they could aspire. You see, despite being a super hard worker on the court, Lowry had always been dinged for being a bit, hmmm, pudgy. Now,..." July 26

  • Andrea Bargnani signs with Spanish club Baskonia

    The Score "Andrea Bargnani is done exploring the NBA's Atlantic Division and is ready to return to Europe. The 30-year-old Italian signed with Spanish club Saski Baskonia on a two-year deal that reportedly has both a team and player option. Bargnani is looking for a fresh start in the Euroleague, where..." July 26

  • 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