Raptors Rumors & News

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Raptors, OVO donate combined $3M to Canada Basketball, community hoops

    NBA.com "Following the unveiling of the team’s new OVO-edition uniforms on Friday, the Toronto Raptors and Drake announced plans to grow their partnership so that it gives back to the city and the game of basketball while continuing to deliver an elevated experience for fans. Drake and Raptors president..." January 17

  • Kyle Lowry on plan to meet Ben Simmons after ejections: ‘Put it this way, I was back there’

    Pro Basketball Talk "As Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons were ejected late in the 76ers’ win over the Raptors yesterday, the players appeared to challenge each other to meet in back. Lowry eagerly left the court and headed through the tunnel. Simmons appeared much more reluctant at that point. Despite a report of a..." January 16

  • DeRozan fined $15K for criticizing officials

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officials following Toronto’s loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday. DeRozan and the Raptors were subject to some controversial calls and non-calls down the stretch against the Warriors,..." January 16

  • Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons ejected, reportedly have altercation in hallway

    Pro Basketball Talk "Philadelphia natives keep going after 76ers rookie Ben Simmons. First, it was Celtics forward Marcus Morris. Today, it was Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. Simmons and Lowry exchanged fouls in the third quarter Then, they were ejected late in Philadelphia’s 117-111 win over Toronto" January 15

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Intends to play Monday vs. 76ers

    CBS Sports "Lowry (back) said he intends to play Monday against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With the Martin Luther King Jr. Day tilt in Philadelphia tipping off at 1 p.m. EST, the Raptors aren't holding a morning shootaround, so Lowry's status might not be fully known..." January 15

  • Durant, Warriors had to tune out Drake

    San Jose Mercury News "The moment Warriors forward Kevin Durant missed a one-handed dunk, he did not just feel the scorn from thousands of Raptors fans jeering at him. Durant had to hear from one particularly vocal fan sitting courtside. The person was Drake, the hip-hop artist that considers himself a devoted Raptors..." January 14

  • DeMar DeRozan is latest star player to complain about officiating this season

    CBS Sports "DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors had an incredible comeback against the Warriors on Saturday night after they fell behind 81-54 in the first half. DeRozan scored 42 points and Toronto was right in it at the end of the game. However, some calls didn't go its way and a few shots fell short. The..." January 14

  • Raptors president Masai Ujiri critical of President Trump over reported disparaging remark

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, born and raised in Nigeria before emigrating to the United States to become one of the most unique front office success stories in professional sports history, responded strongly to President Donald Trump's reported disparaging remarks toward..." January 12

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • The Raptors Are Getting ‘Constant’ Calls About Trading Their Young Players Away

    Uproxx "The Toronto Raptors look like a team that is going to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. Whether that means they can make it to the NBA Finals or not remains to be seen, but the team is sitting in second place at 28-11 and has adjusted the way it plays on the offensive side of..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Serge Ibaka, James Johnson suspended in aftermath of Raptors-Heat fight

    CBS Sports "Tuesday's game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat was one of the most intense we've seen this season. The Heat won, 90-89, on a last-second game-winner by Wayne Ellington, but it was two incidents that got even more attention. In the third quarter, Heat forward James Johnson and..." January 10

  • Black belt James Johnson, Serge Ibaka trade punches in Heat-Raptors game

    Sporting News "Raptors forward Serge Ibaka picked a dangerous person with whom to exchange punches Tuesday night. Ibaka tangled with Heat forward James Johnson with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter. The two squared up after Ibaka set a screen near the left elbow. Both players were ejected. The result..." January 10

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry day-to-day with bruised tailbone

    Sportsnet "A day after Toronto Raptors star guard Kyle Lowry suffered acute back spasms after a hard fall against the Brooklyn Nets, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as it first seemed. Lowry is listed as day-to-day with a bruised tailbone and back spasms and will not play Tuesday in Miami." January 09

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry leaves game due to back spasm after hard fall

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors lost Kyle Lowry after a hard fall in overtime in Monday night's 114-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. The team said he had an acute back spasm and will be reevaluated on Tuesday. Lowry finished with 18 points and 11 assists, but had to be carried off the..." January 09

  • Raptors' Anunoby playing beyond his years

    Toronto Sun "OG Anunoby is not even a half season into his NBA career and already the prospect of facing a LeBron James barely fazes him. At the ripe old age of 20 Anunoby has already lined up opposite Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and many more and he has yet to meet a challenge he..." January 08

  • DeMar DeRozan didn't speak 'a word' to Kyle Lowry his first season in Toronto

    Sporting News "DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry form a dynamic partnership in the Raptors' backcourt, both earning All-Star nods the last two seasons. But it wasn't always easy sledding for the two guards. Speaking on ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, DeRozan said his first year with Lowry in Toronto was..." January 08

  • DeMar DeRozan Was Ready To Request A Trade If Kyle Lowry Was Dealt To New York In 2013

    Uproxx "The Toronto Raptors have appeared in the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. This year, it looks like the team will make it five in a row, as they currently sit in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have found that success thanks to their backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and..." January 08

  • Raptors Finding Success With A Lot Of Similar Talents With Different Skill Sets

    Real GM Basketball "The Raptors continue to be one of the NBA's best success stories this season. Dwane Casey was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December following an 11-3 record. The Raptors have one of the deepest teams in the league. “Guys understand their roles, they’re filling their..." January 04

  • Wright, VanVleet give Raptors unique edge over NBA’s winning teams

    Sportsnet "Wednesday night’s performance may have been especially strong, but the output from both Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet was hardly an aberration. Wright had his best outing to date in the Toronto Raptors‘ 124-115 win over the Bulls in Chicago, posting career-highs in points (25) and rebounds..." January 04

  • DeRozan ‘making a strong case’ as best player in Raptors history

    Sportsnet "When it comes to any discussion or debate surrounding the Raptors all-time anything, the first name you’ll hear is inevitably Vince Carter. (Unless, of course, it’s the all-time greatest contract run. Mike James has that one locked down). And for good reason. Carter was the franchise’s first..." January 04

  • LaVar Ball is the founder of the NBA, according to Google

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball just keeps on padding his resume. To ring in the New Year, a Google glitch has everyone turning their heads to answer a common question: Who founded the NBA? For the time being, if users google to find out who the NBA's founder is, it turns up none other than Mr. Ball. Ball, who was..." January 02

  • DeMar DeRozan goes off for franchise-record 52 points

    Fanrag Sports "Having scored 30 points or more in eight games this season, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan did something he had never done before in his career Monday night. DeRozan scored a franchise-record 52 points, the final two coming on a pair of free throws with seven seconds remaining in overtime, as..." January 02

  • Raptors suspend Ibaka one game for altercation with staff member

    Toronto Star "Raptors forward Serge Ibaka was involved in an “altercation” with an unnamed team staff member and was suspended for Friday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks. The incident occurred after Wednesday’s loss in Oklahoma City, team president Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “It’s a..." December 30

  • Dwane Casey and Mike Budenholzer exchange words

    Fanrag Sports "Generally speaking, it’s standard procedure in the NBA for a team to simply dribble out the clock when ahead by a solid margin with the shot clock turned off. That didn’t happen in Friday’s game between the Atlanta Hawks and Toronto Raptors, as rookie OG Anunoby stole an Isaiah Taylor pass and..." December 30

  • Raptors’ new ‘City’ jerseys leak on NBA Europe online store

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are going to rep the north side pride on their chest. Literally. The ‘City’ jerseys, now available on the NBA Europe store site, replaces “Raptors” with “North” on the front of the jersey and takes on the colours of Toronto native and Raptors Global Ambassador Drake’s OVO..." December 27

  • Paul Pierce: I don’t see the Raptors really being a contender

    Sportsnet "It sounds like Paul Pierce still doesn’t think the Toronto Raptors have “It.” Despite having the fewest losses in the Eastern Conference and the NBA’s fourth-best win percentage (.742) entering Christmas Day, Pierce doesn’t believe the Raptors have what it takes to get over the hump in the..." December 25

  • DeMar DeRozan: ‘No excuse’ for Raptors not to play on Christmas

    Pro Basketball Talk "Seven NBA teams have won more than 60% of their games over the last five years – Warriors, Spurs, Rockets, Clippers, Raptors, Thunder and Cavaliers. Six of those seven teams have had at least three Christmas games in that span. The lone exception: Toronto, which played its only Christmas game..." December 24

  • Raptors’ Lowry, DeRozan say they’re growing tired of Christmas snub

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are no strangers to being snubbed on Christmas Day. The only team based outside of the United States hasn’t played a game on the 25th since 2001 when they faced the New York Knicks, and their co-franchise players can’t understand it anymore. “It has gotten to the point..." December 22

  • Raptors’ lineup headed in the Wright direction

    Toronto Star "Delon Wright was mad that Wednesday night in New Orleans last month: Mad at himself, mad at what might be ahead and particularly mad at the Pelicans doctor who offered a too-quick prognosis. Wright had just injured his right shoulder again, caught up in a collision with the bulky DeMarcus..." December 21

  • Meeting held to discuss tensions between refs, players

    ESPN "After Lee Seham, the general counsel for the National Basketball Referees Association, had grown increasingly dissatisfied working with the NBA on contentious issues between game officials and players, he called the players association's executive director, Michele Roberts: Let's get together and..." December 21

  • Delon Wright feared his Raptors season was over

    Toronto Sun "Raptors point guard Delon Wright admits that he feared the worst when he hurt his shoulder last month. Having missed a large portion of time in the past due to a separated shoulder, you can’t really blame Wright. “It was stressful (waiting to find out what the doctors would tell him), I thought..." December 18

  • Jerry West Wanted Tracy McGrady to Join Kobe and Shaq

    SLAM Online "Former Lakers GM Jerry West became enamored with Tracy McGrady heading into the 1997 NBA Draft, and attempted to form a three-headed monster in Hollywood with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. In the end, owner Jerry Buss shot down the idea, and T-Mac ended up in Toronto. Those against the..." December 18

  • Vince Carter On Return To Raptors: ‘It Will Happen’

    Hoops Rumors "According to the former superstar himself, Vince Carter could end up back with the Raptors before his career is done, Josh Lewenberg of TSN tweets. Even if it simply comes in the form of a ceremonial contract. “It’ll happen, I’m sure. Somehow,” Carter said. While there have been attempts to..." December 18

  • DeMarre Carroll deal worked out for both Raptors, Nets

    Sportsnet "The thing is, DeMarre Carroll had a point when the former Raptor put the team he used to play for on blast on his way out the door last summer. He was dead right, actually. The Raptors Way – for all its success – was tough to watch at times. It choked off opportunities for secondary players..." December 16

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • VanVleet continues to show why Raptors aren’t missing Cory Joseph

    Sportsnet "Cory Joseph deserved every bit of the sustained applause he got when he checked in for work at the Air Canada Centre as a member of the Indiana Pacers for the first time. Going one further: The Toronto Raptors dropped the ball when they didn’t organize a video tribute to Joseph. Sure he was..." December 02

  • Raptors’ Nogueira ruled out against Pacers with muscle tear

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors announced that centre Lucas Nogueira sustained a muscle tear in his right calf and will be unavailable for Friday’s home game against the Indiana Pacers. He sustained the injury during Wednesday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets, and was able to go to the locker room..." December 01

  • Raptors’ Dwane Casey rare NBA coach whose job is relatively safe

    Toronto Star "An NBA coach gets fired and 29 of his brethren exhale and think, “There but for the grace of God and an eight-game losing streak go I.” Because they all know they are basically hired to be fired, and that nothing lasts forever. But there are some who might feel just a little bit more..." November 30

  • Memphis Trade Gasol?, Raptors, Cavs Seen As Viable Options

    Forbes.com "The loss of Mike Conley Jr. has been a disaster for the Memphis Grizzlies, as expected, and could lead to a trade of three-time All-Star center Marc Gasol. Gasol was benched for the final 15 minutes of Sunday’s stunning home loss to the 7-12 Brooklyn Nets, with Memphis’ top big expressing his..." November 28

  • Valanciunas’s role becoming a major question for Raptors

    Sportsnet "How to best use Jonas Valanciunas – the Toronto Raptors‘ relatively slow-footed centre – in an era when the way centres are thought of in the NBA is shifting by the minute has been a topic of conversation among Raptors fans and behind the scenes in the organization for some time. For the..." November 25

  • Rockets GM Morey suggests Raptors are regressing after hot start

    Bleacher Report "New York Times NBA reporter Scott Cacciola tweeted about the Toronto Raptors' two-game skid after writing a piece about their good start. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey offered a theory. Morey's Wikipedia link suggests the Raptors have regressed toward the mean or, in other words,..." November 25

  • The Raptors Remade Their Mind-Set, Not Their Roster. It’s Working.

    New York Times "Masai Ujiri, the president of the Toronto Raptors, had seen enough high-powered offenses to recognize that the N.B.A. had turned into the autobahn. The problem was that his players were still chugging along in a Studebaker. But that was all about to change. The Raptors would finally embrace..." November 24

  • Raptors’ C.J. Miles out vs. Pacers after birth of daughter

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will be without C.J. Miles versus the Indiana Pacers on Friday after the birth of his daughter. Miles will miss his first matchup as a Raptor against his former team. The 30 year-old veteran was traded to Toronto from Indiana in the off-season in a deal that sent point guard..." November 24

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