Raptors Rumors & News

  • 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

  • James, Cavs complete sweep of Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Cleveland Cavaliers remain undefeated in their first eight playoff games this season. That does not mean it has been easy, even though they were able to complete a four-game sweep of their Eastern Conference semifinal series on Sunday afternoon with a 109-102 victory over the..." May 07

  • Norman Powell didn't appreciate LeBron James yanking his jersey to keep him on court

    ESPN "Raptors guard Norman Powell did not appreciate LeBron James yanking his jersey to keep him on the court when Powell was headed to the bench in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 115-94 Game 3 win, even if James' intention was to help him. "They were subbing in PJ [Tucker], he thought I was coming out,..." May 07

  • Kyle Lowry Ruled Out for Game 4 vs. Cavaliers Due to Ankle Injury

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors will have to stave off elimination in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. The point guard announced Sunday afternoon that he will not play, per Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. Lowry..." May 07

  • Raptors giving away least inspiring shirts ever for Game 4

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors are desperate for something positive to happen in their playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re already down three games to none, having just watched LeBron James almost single-handedly destroy them in the fourth quarter of Game 3. Star point guard Kyle Lowry..." May 07

  • If the Raptors Can't Challenge LeBron in This Series, They Should Not Re-Sign Kyle Lowry

    The Big Lead "Kyle Lowry just had his best season ever – career highs in points, field goal shooting, 3-point shooting and rebounds. The 31-year old Lowry is going to opt-out of the final year of his contract in hopes of one final monster deal, something in the neighborhood of what Al Horford got from the..." May 07

  • Kyle Lowry: LeBron James one of the top-five players in NBA history

    Sportsnaut "Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors are about to be taken out of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. And unlike last year when they took the Cavs to six games, it’s very likely a sweep is in order this time around. Despite all the best efforts of general manager Masai Ujiri..." May 06

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry calls himself “doubtful” for Game 4

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kyle Lowry sprained his ankle in Game 2 — and it was an inward sprain, the more rare kind that hits the inside of the ankle and seems to heal slower than the usual outward roll. Lowry was officially available for Game 3, but he didn’t touch the court and DeMar DeRozan tried to carry the load, but..." May 06

  • With NBA playoff history against them, Raptors not giving up just yet

    USA Today "After falling into an 0-3 series hole against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, history is an enemy of the Toronto Raptors. Over the course of league history, NBA teams that pull ahead 3-0 in a best-of-seven series have won 123 out of 123 times. It's been impossible for teams to overcome..." May 06

  • Casey on Game 4: 'you don't want to get swept, especially in your home building'

    Sporting News "No team has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit in the playoffs. That's the task that the Toronto Raptors face vs the Cleveland Cavaliers who have made it look easy through three games. Head Coach Dwane Casey is trying to motivate his team anyway he can, and his message to his squad after..." May 06

  • Cavaliers take 3-0 series lead over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- It was a matter of too much LeBron James and no Kyle Lowry on Friday night. The result was a 115-94 victory for the Cleveland Cavaliers over the Toronto Raptors and a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals for the defending NBA champions. The Cavaliers have..." May 05

  • Cavaliers backup Dahntay Jones Stole A Raptors Playoff Shirt Before Game 3

    Dime Magazine "Cleveland Cavaliers reserve Dahntay Jones already made headlines against the Toronto Raptors for taunting his way to losing 66 percent of his salary. Now he’s making up for that loss by stealing playoff shirts off seats in the front row. Jones was caught on camera snagging a giveaway shirt off..." May 05

  • Raptors all-star Kyle Lowry a game-time decision for Game 3

    Sportsnet "Injured all-star guard Kyle Lowry says he’s feeling better and is a game-time decision for the Toronto Raptors‘ Game 3 tilt with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dealing with a sprained left ankle, Lowry didn't participate in the team's practice Thursday, but wants to to give it a go." May 05

  • DeMar DeRozan offers $100 to anybody who can stop LeBron James

    Sportsnet "If you think you could stop the best player in the world in LeBron James, you better reach out to DeMar DeRozan. The Toronto Raptors’ all-star shooting guard says he’s willing to pay $100 to anybody who can stop James after the Cavaliers marched their way to a 125-103 victory on Wednesday..." May 04

  • Lowry misses practice, to have ankle tested

    TSN "Point guard Kyle Lowry missed the Toronto Raptors' practice today with an injured ankle. Lowry suffered the injury when he collided with teammate Norman Powell in Game 2 of the Raptors' NBA Eastern Conference semifinal against Cleveland. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry will undergo an MRI..." May 04

  • LeBron And The Cavs Are Clowning Toronto, And The Raptors Look Totally Shook

    Uproxx "The Cleveland Cavaliers are simply not sweating anyone in the East. That was dreadfully obvious even toward the end of the season as they were suffering through a rough spell yet still readily relinquished their grasp on the No. 1 seed to the Boston Celtics. Home court advantage just doesn’t..." May 04

  • DeMar DeRozan on his cold night in Game 2 loss to Cavs: 'It sucks'

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan was frustrated in the wake of the worst postseason scoring performance of his career in his team's 125-103 Game 2 loss to the Cavaliers on Wednesday night. DeRozan scored just five points on 2 of 11 shooting, putting up only one point in the first three..." May 04

  • Raptors’ Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell to start Game 2 vs. Cavs

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have made a couple changes to their starting lineup for Wednesday’s Game 2 against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Patrick Patterson and Norman Powell are in, while DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas will start on the bench as Toronto attempts to even its second-round series at..." May 03

  • James scores 39 as Cavaliers rout Raptors again

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- Anyone have any spare change? DeMar DeRozan will take it to pay someone to stop LeBron James. And it's time to pay up. James scorched Toronto for 39 points and became the NBA's second all-time leading scorer in the postseason in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 125-103 victory..." May 03

  • Raptors considering pulling DeMarre Carroll, Jonas Valanciunas from starting lineup

    Sportsnet "Masai Ujiri has enjoyed a deservedly gilded existence in his four years as president of the Toronto Raptors. His ledger is full of franchise firsts, heights never previously reached. On court, off court, nearly everything he’s touched has turned to gold, which is why the Raptors are in the..." May 03

  • James, Cavaliers roll past Raptors in opener

    The Sports Xchange "CLEVELAND -- So far, little has changed between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors. LeBron James scored 35 points, Kyrie Irving added 24 and the Cavs easily put the Raptors down 116-105 in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference semifinal on Monday night. Game 2 is Wednesday in..." May 01

  • Valanciunas back in Raptors’ starting lineup in Game 1 vs. Cavs

    Sportsnet "Jonas Valanciunas is back in the Toronto Raptors’ starting lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Lithuanian centre came off the bench for the final three games of Toronto’s first-round series versus the Milwaukee Bucks, ceding his starting..." May 01

  • Kevin Love: Serge Ibaka makes Cavs' rematch with Raptors different

    ESPN "The Cavaliers will host the Toronto Raptors in Game 1 of their second-round series on Monday in a rematch of last year's Eastern Conference finals, but Cleveland's opponent won't be so familiar, according to Kevin Love. The complexion of the series will be similar to the six-game bout the Cavs..." April 30

  • Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas happy to play a role

    Toronto Star "There is a matter-of-fact component to Jonas Valanciunas’s personality that has been constant since he arrived in North America, something that has been more pronounced these past few days. He never really gets too excited publicly about what’s going on with him. After good games, he says he’s..." April 29

  • Drake apparently watched the Raptors win Game 6 with his ‘neighbor’ Karl Malone

    USA Today "Raptors team ambassador Drake hasn’t really been around this postseason so far — at least not for Toronto. The rapper has been making fun of the Warriors’ Draymond Green and was named the host of the NBA Awards that’ll take place on June 26. On Thursday after the Raptors beat the Bucks in Game..." April 28

  • Raptors troll Bucks after winning series in six games

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors closed out the Milwaukee Bucks Thursday night, though not without some drama. Afterwards, the team did not hold back in celebrating on Twitter with a solid troll job, releasing a video of their mascot buying the domain name Rapsin6.com. Not only that, but they actually..." April 28

  • NBA announces eight new awards to be voted on by fans

    Sportsnaut "If you were wondering how the NBA plans to fill a prime-time awards show, we got part of the answer today. TNT announced eight new awards to be voted on by fans through social media: Assist of the Year, Best Style, Block of the Year, Dunk of the Year, Game Winner of the Year, Performance of the..." April 28

  • How Norman Powell has helped Raptors adjust to beat Bucks

    Fanrag Sports "Norman Powell is an energizer. The kind of energizer that the Toronto Raptors needed to unleash after a lackluster start to their first-round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Low energy, a typical slow playoff start and the Bucks’ swarming, switchy length and sharp, trapping defense caused..." April 27

  • DeRozan helps Raptors eliminate Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- All through their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors were reminded of their not-so-sparkling playoff history. So when the Bucks routed them in Milwaukee in Game 3 to take a 2-1 series lead, it seemed the script was..." April 27

  • Jonas Valanciunas blew teammates out with fart on team plane

    Sportsnaut "What’s the worst place to be when someone rips a fart? A car can be bad but more often than not, you can at least stick your head out of the window for a few minutes. But on a plane? You have nowhere to go. Jonas Valanciunas’ Toronto Raptors teammates found that out the hard way. The video of..." April 27

  • Raptors say 'heated film session' behind wins in Games 4 and 5

    ESPN "An airing of grievances may have helped the Toronto Raptors avoid nearing playoff extinction. After falling into a 2-1 hole, Toronto now leads the Milwaukee Bucks 3-2 in their best-of-seven first-round series and credits the sudden turnaround to the team clearing the air following its 27-point..." April 26

  • Powell helps Raptors take 3-2 lead over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Raptors coach Dwane Casey calls Norman Powell an "X factor" in Toronto's series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Powell filled in that X with a solid number, 25 points, Monday night when the Raptors defeated the Bucks 118-93 to take a 3-2 lead in an Eastern Conference first-round..." April 24