Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors' Sullinger could miss start of season

    Toronto Star "Jared Sullinger’s debut with the Toronto Raptors appears to be delayed. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Friday morning that the foot injury that has kept the team’s starting power forward out of the majority of training camp might keep him on the sidelines into the start of the regular-season,..." October 21

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Anonymous NBA Scouts Dish Dirt On Eastern Conference Teams

    SI "For some, it's tough to form an opinion about an off-season move or development without seeing the subjects first in action on the floor. Luckily, anonymous NBA scouts do not have this problem. Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with scouts ahead of the 2016—17 season for our annual..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Raptors' Patrick Patterson eyes the big payday

    Toronto Sun "Many athletes give cliched answers and rarely say what they are really thinking, so kudos to Patrick Patterson for his honesty. The power forward was asked on Tuesday whether he is approaching this season any differently since he will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. “Oh yeah,..." October 19

  • Raptors’ Patrick Patterson mistaken for LeBron James … in Cleveland

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Toronto Raptors paid a visit to Northeast Ohio this week for a preseason match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And somehow at some point before Thursday night’s tilt at Quicken Loans Arena, Raptors forward Patrick Patterson was inexplicably mistaken for one LeBron James. Patterson..." October 14

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of SonicsRising.com. While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • McHale unsure if Harden can transition into point guard

    ESPN "Former Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn't sure James Harden can morph into a full-time point guard. Harden is moving into the role under new coach Mike D'Antoni, and while he did lead shooting guards with a touch rate of 85.1 percent last season, McHale wonders whether Harden can become a..." October 12

  • Raptors don't need to worry about leaky defence ... yet

    Toronto Sun "Three games into the 2016-17 NBA pre-season, Dwane Casey is a little frustrated. Frustrated that he hasn’t seen his defence come together like he knows it has to, frustrated that he hasn’t been able to get the complement of guys on the court to see exactly how that is going to work and what..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • Kyle Lowry will reportedly opt out in 2017, plans to re-sign with Raptors

    CBS Sports "The already loaded free agent market next summer will reportedly be adding yet another All-Star in Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is under contract till 2018 but can opt out next summer, which is exactly what he is planning on doing, according to The Vertical's Adrian..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Raptors' Patrick Patterson Says We'll Play Meek Mill In Locker Room Despite Drake Connection

    TMZ "The Toronto Raptors will NOT ban Meek Mill music from the locker room this season -- despite the fact his rival, Drake, works for the team ... so says Patrick Patterson. Of course, Drake is the team's global ambassador -- and Toronto is Drake's home turf -- so, we asked PP if the team would..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Raptors link arms for anthems

    Raptors Republic "The Toronto Raptors were clear on media day that they wanted to use their platform and their collective voice to continue the conversation. While the Raptors didn’t follow suit with the growing number of players and teams kneeling for the U.S. national anthem ahead of sporting events, they sent a..." October 01

  • DeMar DeRozan is not pleased with his Sports Illustrated Top 100 NBA player ranking

    The Comeback "About two weeks ago, Sports Illustrated released its ranking of the NBA’s Top 100 players. After seeing his spot in the rankings Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has a bone to pick with SI. The Toronto guard came in at No. 46 in the Top 100. After a strong 2015-16 season and a spot on the..." September 30

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Raptors notebook: Starting role is Jared Sullinger’s to lose

    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 29

  • 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

  • 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

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