Raptors Rumors & News

  • Raptors agree to deal with UNC’s Kennedy Meeks

    Sportsnet "The University of North Carolina’s Kennedy Meeks has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania." June 23

  • Report: Wolves targeting free agent Lowry, Holiday, and other guards

    Larry Brown Sports "After triggering an earthquake with Thursday’s blockbuster trade for Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves may be coming back for an aftershock. Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News reports on Friday that the Wolves think they can upgrade at the point guard position in free agency and are..." June 23

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Raptors’ Ujiri: ‘Player development is the route we are going’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors drafted 19-year-old OG Anunoby on Thursday night, and even though he’s injured, the forward fits into the team’s plan for patience with its youth, says president Masai Ujiri. Anunoby, selected with the No. 23 pick, tore his ACL in January and it could be some time before he..." June 23

  • Raptors looked into dealing Valanciunas with 23rd pick

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors are reportedly shopping big man Jonas Valanciunas leading up to Thursday's draft. Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet reported the news, also noting Toronto is looking to move its No. 23 overall pick. Both represent future assets considering Valanciunas is just 25 years old..." June 23

  • Raptors Exploring Trading Jonas Valanciunas

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors are looking into the possibility of moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick in this year’s draft, two league sources tells Michael Grange of Sportsnet (Twitter link). It’s not clear what sort of return Toronto would be seeking, but the team likely won’t want to take back much..." June 22

  • Content with Bulls, Jimmy Butler wants Kyle Lowry to join him in Chicago

    CBS Sports "Jimmy Butler has been surrounded with NBA trade rumors for years, but early in the offseason they've really picked up and it's the first time it's felt like he could actually be dealt. The Bulls want to use Butler to get assets for the future and that's left the two sides at an..." June 21

  • Rockets Target Paul, Griffin, Millsap, Lowry

    Hoops Rumors "The Rockets will chase several of the top free agents on the market this summer, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Sources tell him that Houston plans to pursue Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Paul Millsap and Kyle Lowry. " June 21

  • Ujiri: Lowry wants to remain in Toronto

    TSN "Masai Ujiri insists all-star point guard Kyle Lowry wants to stay in Toronto. The Raptors president was responding to a media report that said Lowry, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has "zero interest" in remaining in Toronto. "He's been a part of our organization, and..." June 20

  • Lowry quashes report he's unhappy with Raps

    TSN "Kyle Lowry took to Twitter to set the record straight on a report stating the Raptors point guard had been "grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months." In the tweet, Lowry made it clear that the article published on Monday wasn't true, stating, "Don't believe what you hear!!..." June 20

  • Kyle Lowry Rumors: Free-Agent PG Has 'Zero Interest' in Re-Signing with Raptors

    Bleacher Report "Kyle Lowry reportedly has "zero interest" in returning to the Toronto Raptors. On Monday, Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star cited multiple league sources who said the free agent "has been grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months." Arthur noted other teams were told the zero..." June 20

  • What the Sixers-Celtics trade means for Lowry’s Raptors future

    Sportsnet "The best news a Toronto Raptors fan could possibly have heard over the weekend is that the club’s previous president, Bryan Colangelo, is on the verge of a deal that will secure the Philadelphia 76ers the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft. The second-best news in what is shaping up to be a..." June 19

  • Blake Griffin names New York, Phoenix, Toronto, Boston as his favorite NBA cities

    Mass Live "Blake Griffin put Boston on his Mt. Rushmore of NBA cities during a recent appearance on the Pardon My Take podcast. For those who don't listen regularly to the show, it's a comedic sports podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Because of the lighthearted nature of the conversation..." June 19

  • 76ers No Longer an Option For Kyle Lowry After Reported Celtics Trade

    Bleacher Report "The Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly out of the running for point guard Kyle Lowry, an impending unrestricted free agent, after reaching an agreement with the Boston Celtics to acquire the first overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft. Marc Stein of ESPN.com provided the update on the Lowry..." June 18

  • Why the Raptors need to think ‘3-and-D’ in the NBA Draft

    Sportsnet "There is one number and one letter the Toronto Raptors need to be focusing on when they turn in their pick during this June’s draft: “three” and “D.” The assumption is Toronto will look for depth at the power forward spot as insurance for Patrick Patterson’s potential departure or a point guard..." June 12

  • Raptors renounce rights to forward DeAndre Daniels

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have renounced the rights to forward DeAndre Daniels, the team announced Friday. Now that his rights have been renounced, Daniels becomes an unrestricted free agent. The six-foot-nine forward, now 25, was selected 37th overall in the 2014 NBA Entry Draft in what turned..." June 09

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Hall of Famer blasts Kyle Lowry for not passing to Jonas Valanciunas enough

    Yardbarker "Rule No. 1: don’t mess with Lithuania. In a recent interview, Hall of Fame Lithuanian guard Sarunas Marciulionis, who played for seven seasons in the NBA from 1989 to 1997, ripped Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry for not passing the ball enough to teammate Jonas Valanciunas, one of..." June 03

  • Raptors' DeRozan, Casey meet with Kyle Lowry about pending free agency

    ESPN "- Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, soon to be a free agent, had a meeting with backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan and Raptors coach Dwane Casey this week in the Bay Area, league sources tell ESPN. The main impetus for the Casey-led assembly is unclear, but the Raptors are obviously under..." June 02

  • Raps, Amir Johnson interested in reunion

    TSN "Fan favourite Amir Johnson could be making a return to the Toronto Raptors. The Sporting News' Sean Deveney reports that there is mutual interest between the 30-year-old Johnson and the team in a reunion next month. Johnson, who left the Raps for the Boston Celtics in the summer of 2015..." June 02

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Dwane Casey confirms he will return as Raptors head coach

    CBC Sports "Dwane Casey confirmed on Wednesday that Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri gave him assurances he would return to the Raptors next season as head coach. In his year-end press conference, Ujiri spoke of a "culture reset" which included a different style of play for the Raptors, leading many..." May 25

  • Raptors to receive second-round pick from Magic for Weltman

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will be receiving a 2018 second-round draft pick from the Orlando Magic as compensation for the loss of general manager Jeff Weltman, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏. The pick will be the least desirable of Orlando’s two second-rounders. The Magic currently..." May 25

  • Head coach Dwane Casey embraces ‘culture reset’ for Raptors

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey agrees with president Masai Ujiri’s comments about the club needing a “culture reset” and says he’s got a clear vision of changes he wants to implement. “It’s great to have a culture reset,” said Casey, who joined The Jeff Blair Show Wednesday morning on..." May 24

  • Masai Ujiri proud to have lost right-hand man Weltman to Orlando

    Sportsnet "Making suggestions or making decisions. That’s the difference between being second-in-command with an NBA team and running the show. That opportunity is why Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman is moving his wife and two young daughters from a city they’d grown to love, working for a..." May 23

  • Magic hire Raptors' Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations

    Orlando Sentinel "The Orlando Magic hired Toronto Raptors general manager Jeff Weltman as their president of basketball operations on Monday, league sources confirmed to the Orlando Sentinel. Weltman spent the last four seasons as a Raptors executive, working under team president Masai Ujiri and serving as..." May 23

  • Serge Ibaka re-signing with Raptors is basically a done deal

    The Sports Daily "Serge Ibaka was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Toronto Raptors are trying to prevent the power forward from hitting the open market. Via Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders: Most in NBA circles believe that Ibaka made it clear to the Magic the only team he..." May 19

  • Raptors' Ujiri refutes report that Lowry doesn't want to live in Toronto

    Sportsnet "One of the biggest questions looming over the Toronto Raptors’ off-season is whether or not Kyle Lowry will return. A number of teams, including the 76ers and the Lakers, have been rumoured to be interested in the point guard, who opted out of his contract with Toronto. Asked whether the..." May 19

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • Why Raptors should blow it up and start to rebuild

    Sportsnet "Since taking over the helm of the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri has driven home one specific message. "At the end of the day, we are trying to win a championship here." That was Ujiri on Tuesday at his end-of-season media availability, but it isn’t a new point. Attempting to win a..." May 13

  • Why the Raptors should let Lowry walk, but not blow it up

    Sportsnet "The options for Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri and GM Jeff Weltman seem pretty obvious from the outside. Enjoying the best stretch of basketball in the history of the franchise, why not run this team back and hope for better health while betting on continuity? Or take the last two..." May 12

  • Raptors star Kyle Lowry officially opts out of contract

    Sportsnet "All-star point guard Kyle Lowry has officially opted out of his contract with Toronto Raptors, the 31-year-old’s agency announced Friday morning. The move comes after Lowry confirmed during Monday’s end-of-season media availability that he would be opting out of his four-year, $48-million deal..." May 12

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • Is there mutual interest between Kyle Lowry and the 76ers?

    Philly.com "The biggest question surrounding the 76ers this week has to do with Kyle Lowry. Should the Sixers sign the three-time NBA all-star point guard to a lucrative free-agent deal in July? Or should they bypass the 31-year-old and remain committed to Ben Simmons? Or should they go after another point..." May 10

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on Kyle Lowry hitting free agency: 'We want him back'

    CBS Sports "The Toronto Raptors were just eliminated from the playoffs Sunday, but there has already been plenty of activity since their offseason began. First, Kyle Lowry made it clear that he indeed intends to opt out of the final year of his contract this summer, which would make him a free agent. "I..." May 09

  • Raptors’ Ujiri: We need a culture change

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri met with the media on Tuesday morning, and was upfront about why now isn’t the best time to discuss specific changes he plans to make this off-season. “Talking now is BS, basically,” Ujiri said. “It’s absolutely BS why we need to do this today. I can’t tell..." May 09

  • Kevin Garnett on Raptors: ‘It’s time to break Toronto up’

    Sportsnet "Five members of the 2008 Boston Celtics championship team— Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Glen ‘Big Baby’ Davis, Rajon Rondo, and Kendrick Perkins— reunited on Garnett’s Area 21 segment during TNT’s Inside the NBA last night. No strangers to what it takes to win a ring, those five and that Celtics..." May 09

  • Cory Joseph ready to step into void if Lowry leaves

    Toronto Sun "Cory Joseph and Norman Powell would greatly prefer to see the Raptors retain their key free agents — particularly Kyle Lowry — but they are ready and willing to step into the breach if that doesn’t happen. Lowry, Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Patrick Patterson each will be unrestricted come July..." May 09

  • Kyle Lowry will opt out of contract, says he wants a ring and 'nothing else'

    Toronto Star "Kyle Lowry has made the worst-kept secret around the Toronto Raptors public. The three-time all-star said today he’ll opt out of the final year of his contract this week and become an unrestricted free agent in July. The move has been long expected — the financial windfall awaiting the..." May 08

  • Kyle Lowry, after predicting LeBron James’ reign to continue ‘long time,’ could sign with Western Conference team

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kyle Lowry ran into trouble with how he complimented LeBron James in the past. This year, the Raptors guard made no much mistake, offering unequivocal praise. Lowry, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: “They’ve got LeBron James,” Lowry told The Vertical late Friday night...." May 08

  • Kyle Lowry Confirms He’ll Opt Out Of Contract

    Hoops Rumors "As expected, Kyle Lowry will opt out of his contract with the Raptors and become a free agent this summer. Lowry confirmed the decision today to reporters in his exit interview following the Raptors’ elimination from the playoffs, though he’s not sure what his next move after that will be, as Josh..." May 08

  • DeMar DeRozan is fully aware LeBron made all the difference in Raptors-Cavs series

    CBS Sports "For the second postseason in a row, the Toronto Raptors ran into LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, which meant an end to their playoffs. Last time it was in the Eastern Conference finals, and the Raptors battled the Cavs to six games. This time around, however, LeBron and Co. took care of..." May 08

  • It's time for the Raptors to decide what kind of team they want to be

    ESPN "The Raptors, these wonderful accidental pseudo-contenders, have fundamental flaws beyond playing in the same conference as LeBron James. The makeover starts now, in a summer fraught with difficult choices that will chart the franchise's course over the next half-decade. "The summer is huge,"..." May 08

  • Raptors' DeMar DeRozan takes kick to groin from Cavs' Shumpert in Game 4

    CBS Sports "The Raptors needed DeMar DeRozan to do the the bulk of the scoring during Sunday's Game 4 against the Cavaliers, so Toronto and its fans received quite a scare when DeRozan went down in the second quarter with an injury. Upon further inspection through the replays, it was clear that DeRozan was..." May 07

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