Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors’ Fred VanVleet ready to excel in expanded role

    Sportsnet "“Next man up” is an NBA cliché that is one of Dwane Casey’s favourites. In an 82-game schedule there will always be injuries or other issues. Rotations never stay the same. The mantra is meant to reinforce the idea that rather than stop and wallow in the misery as missed games pile up, the next..." November 18

  • Raptors diagnose Delon Wright with dislocated shoulder

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard Delon Wright has been diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder, the team announced on Friday. Wright suffered the injury in the second quarter of Wednesday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans." November 17

  • Serge Ibaka added to Raptors’ injury list ahead of Friday’s game

    Sportsnet "Already dealing with injuries to guards Norman Powell and Delon Wright, the Toronto Raptors now may not have forward Serge Ibaka Friday night when they take on the New York Knicks. Ibaka is listed as questionable with a swollen left knee for Friday’s contest, while Powell (right hip pointer) is..." November 17

  • Report: NFL Owners Asked Adam Silver About Becoming Commissioner

    SLAM Online "NFL owners reportedly reached out to Adam Silver to gauge his interest in succeeding Roger Goodell as commissioner of the league. According to ESPN’s Don Van Natta Jr and Seth Wickersham, Silver immediately declined. [NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell] knows that there’s no clear successor,..." November 17

  • Adam Silver, Michele Roberts Meet with Commission to Discuss One-and-Done Rule

    Bleacher Report "The NBA could be one step closer to changing its heavily debated "one-and-done" rule. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the Commission on College Basketball Thursday to discuss possible changes. There is..." November 17

  • Raps' Wright injures shoulder vs. Pelicans

    TSN "The look of concern on the faces of Delon Wright’s Raptors teammates and coaches said it all. Wright was forced to leave Wednesday’s game in the second quarter after colliding with Pelicans centre DeMarcus Cousins and injuring his right shoulder – the same shoulder he had surgery on in August..." November 16

  • NBA Players Increasingly Switching To Plant-Based Diet

    Real GM Basketball "Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, Wilson Chandler, Al Jefferson, Garrett Temple, Enes Kanter, JaVale McGee and Jahlil Okafor have all made a switch to a vegan or vegetarian diet over the past year or so. "Been on more of a plant-based diet, getting away from the animals and all that," Irving told..." November 15

  • Norman Powell ruled out against Rockets

    Fanrag Sports "Toronto Raptors guard Norman Powell, who is dealing with a right hip injury, will need to sit out of Tuesday evening’s matchup against the Houston Rockets, the team has formally announced. Powell had started each of the first 12 games of the 2017-18 regular season for Toronto. Such an injury..." November 14

  • USA Basketball Announces Roster For First World Cup Qualifiers

    Hoops Rumors "USA Basketball has announced its 12-man roster for the first round of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers, bringing back four members of the squad that won gold earlier this year in FIBA’s AmeriCup tournament. Here’s Team USA’s full 12-man roster: Semaj Christon, PG..." November 14

  • Celtics' Brown: DeRozan would hit final shot 9 out of 10 times

    Mass Live "Twice, Boston Celtics wing Jaylen Brown fouled Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan on jump shots Sunday afternoon. "Stay down," someone on the Celtics bench shouted after the first one. "Stay down," came the call again before the second. It's a tough thing to stay on the floor while..." November 13

  • Norman Powell suffers hip injury, will not return vs. Celtics

    CBS Sports "Powell suffered a right hip pointer during Sunday's game against the Celtics and will not return, Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports reports. Powell will likely have additional tests performed after the game, which should give us a better indication on whether or not he'll miss more time." November 12

  • Vince Carter on if he wants Raptors to retire his jersey: “Of course”

    Pro Basketball Talk "There was speculation earlier this year that the Toronto Raptors could be making a move to retire Vince Carter‘s jersey. That didn’t happen, but there at least appears to be interest on the part of Carter. Speaking to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, Carter said that there wasn’t any doubt to..." November 10

  • Raptors’ Bruno Caboclo, McKinnie assigned to Raptors 905

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have assigned forward Bruno Caboclo to the G-League’s Raptors 905, the team announced on Tuesday. Caboclo, 22, played seven minutes total in two games for the Raptors this season. This will mark the fourth-year forward’s third season playing for the 905. He has played in 71..." November 07

  • Nike 'working to implement a solution' after string of jersey tears

    ESPN "After at least five of Nike's NBA jerseys ripped on players this season, the world's largest shoe and apparel giant has acknowledged it will make substantive changes. The company, which signed an eight-year, $1 billion deal with the NBA that began this year, said in a statement provided to ESPN..." November 07

  • Raptors’ C.J. Miles doubtful vs. Jazz with flu-like symptoms

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward C.J. Miles is doubtful for Friday night’s game against the Utah Jazz due to flu-like symptoms. However, head coach Dwane Casey says it’s possible Miles could play. Miles is averaging 9.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his first season with the Raptors, shooting..." November 03

  • Raptors’ Valanciunas, Ibaka to play against Nuggets

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors big men Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka will play on Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets. Valanciunas sprained his ankle in the Raptors’ second game of the season and hasn’t played since. Ibaka was battling knee swelling. " November 01

  • David Stern says NBA should take marijuana off ban list

    Oregonian "Former NBA commissioner David Stern says he thinks the league should remove marijuana from its list of banned substances. In an interview from a documentary for Uninterrupted, Stern talked with ex-NBA player Al Harrington, who has become a marijuana entrepreneur since he retired in..." October 25

  • NBA Viewership On ESPN Is Way Up Through The First Handful Of Games This Season

    Dime Magazine "TV ratings in many sports have seen a drop in recent months for a wide variety of reasons. But the NBA has had a strong start to its 2017-18 season on at least one network. ESPN reported on Tuesday that viewership numbers for the start of the season have gone up to start the new NBA season...." October 25

  • DeRozan (thigh) misses practice

    TSN "Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan missed practice Tuesday with a left thigh bruise, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. He will get checked out again Wednesday. DeRozan played roughly 36 minutes Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs, leading the team in minutes. He poured in 28 points..." October 24

  • Raptors waive forward McDaniels

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have waived forward K.J. McDaniels. The 24-year-old was inactive for the Raptors' first two games of the season but played in three preseason games with the team, finishing with six points and five rebounds. McDaniels was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft..." October 22

  • DeMar DeRozan Wants To Lead Raptors In Assists

    SLAM Online "Already one of the most lethal scorers in the game, DeMar DeRozan wants to showcase another aspect of his game. In an interview with The Athletic‘s Eric Koreen, DeRozan said that he wants to lead the Raptors in assists this season. " October 20

  • Kyle Lowry Wants Vince Carter to Finish His Career in Toronto

    Complex "If there was any doubt whether Philadelphia-born-and-raised Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry had committed himself to life in Canada, that probably should have ended this July, when he inked a 3-year, $100 million extension. And as for his adaptation to life as an honorary Canadian,..." October 19

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • DeMar DeRozan slams Skip Bayless after insensitive reaction to Gordon Hayward injury

    Sporting News "Immediately after Gordon Hayward went to the floor with a gruesome ankle injury, TNT cameras showed shots of horrified fans and players reacting to one of the league's biggest stars going down just six minutes into his first game with his new Celtics team. On Twitter, fans and fellow players..." October 18

  • Raptors’ DeRozan on Popovich’s Trump comments: Pop for President

    Sportsnet "Gregg Popovich does not pull any punches when discussing his views on U.S. President Donald Trump and it appears as though the San Antonio Spurs head coach has some NBA players in his corner. On Tuesday, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan praised Popovich for speaking out against Trump by..." October 17

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Raptors Exercise Options On Wright, Poeltl, Siakam

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have exercised three team options for the 2018/19 season, announcing today in a press release that they’ve picked up Delon Wright‘s fourth year option, as well as third-year options for Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam. Wright, the 20th overall pick in the 2015 draft, appeared in just..." October 16

  • Powell making a case to start in Raptors’ regular-season opener

    Sportsnet "Well, that’s a wrap. It was fun while it lasted. The Toronto Raptors closed out their short-but-sweet five-game exhibition schedule with a 125-104 win over the Chicago Bulls at the United Center to finish with a 3-2 record. Toronto rode some solid contributions from their second unit to..." October 14

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • Raptors among pro teams boycotting Trump hotels

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are one of more than a dozen professional sports teams that will no longer stay at Trump hotels while on road trips, according to a report in the Washington Post. Twelve NBA teams used to stay at the Trump SoHo in New York before Trump announced his successful run for the..." October 12

  • Raptors add depth by signing guard Davion Berry

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Davion Berry, the team announced Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Berry has appeared in 56 career NBA G League games with the Maine Red Claws and Raptors 905, averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 assists. He has also spent time playing professionally..." October 11

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Raptors, Norman Powell Agree To Extension

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have reached an agreement on a contract extension with swingman Norman Powell, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN (via Twitter). According to Wojnarowski, the deal – which will go into effect for the 2018/19 season – will be worth $42MM over four years. More to come…" October 05

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA GMs pick Raptors to finish fourth in Eastern Conference

    Sportsnet "General managers believe the Toronto Raptors are the fourth-best team in the Eastern Conference, according to an annual survey conducted by NBA.com. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards came in above Toronto on the list, with the Milwaukee Bucks rounding out the top..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Raptors significant betting underdogs to win NBA title

    Sportsnet "While a number of teams near the top of the NBA championship odds have gone through roster shake-ups during the off-season, it has been a relatively quiet summer for the Golden State Warriors, who enter training camp as heavy -160 favourites to repeat as NBA champions at sportsbooks monitored by..." September 30

  • Raptors’ Bruno Caboclo maturing on and off the court

    Sportsnet "Jerry Stackhouse had seen it all before. For almost everyone else, the news seemed to come out of nowhere: Bruno Caboclo, the Toronto Raptors‘ sweet-smiling test case for the merits of long-term gratification was being dismissed from the Brazilian national team just three games into his..." September 29

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • Why Raptors’ iso-heavy offence must ‘adapt or die’

    Sportsnet "“You have to adapt,” Dwane Casey said from his perch behind the podium at the Toronto Raptors media day on Monday, “or you die.” That warning has been at the forefront since the Raptors were eliminated from the playoffs last spring. At his season-ending presser, team president Masai Ujiri..." September 26

  • Chris Bosh reflects on Raptors: ‘Toronto made me feel welcome’

    Sportsnet "Although his exit made him a franchise villain in the eyes of many fans, Chris Bosh looks back at his time in Toronto fondly. In a pair of recent videos from LeBron James’ Uninterrupted video production company to help promote the “The Carter Effect” documentary, Bosh spoke endearingly about..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Report: Raptors sign Canadian Andy Rautins to training camp deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are bringing in shooting guard Andy Rautins on a training camp deal, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏. The sharp-shooting Rautins will compete for a spot on the Raptors." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21