Raptors Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Report: Jerry Stackhouse to move to D-League as new head coach of the Raptors 905

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors 905 just shot to the top of the “Do Not Mess With Us” list after reports, via Chris Reichert of Upside Motor, named Jerry Stackhouse the new head coach of the team. Stackhouse will come to the position after spending a year as an assistant with the big league squad working under..." August 02

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • How DeMar DeRozan has given Team USA some fire – and fun

    Yahoo! Sports "DeMar DeRozan’s deft cellphone camera work helped provide one of the more charming, indelible images of the U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team’s exhibition tour. On Team USA’s flight from Chicago to Houston, DeRozan captured the soulful stylings of Jimmy Butler and Kyrie Irving as they..." August 02

  • Raptors reportedly planning to target Serge Ibaka next summer

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors must want revenge on the Orlando Magic for stealing Bismack Biyombo away this offseason. According to a report by Doug Smith of the Toronto Star, the Raptors are planning to pursue three-time All-Defensive First Team big man Serge Ibaka next summer with a run at Ibaka said..." August 02

  • Delon Wright to miss 4 months following shoulder surgery

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday that point guard Delon Wright underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to miss at least four months." August 01

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • The Raptors’ focus this offseason? Take care of their own

    Boston Globe "The Raptors made a serious run at their first NBA Finals, taking the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference finals. Their biggest offseason acquisition? Former Celtic Jared Sullinger. But that is misleading. Their biggest offseason move was retaining free agent DeMar DeRozan, the..." August 01

  • Terrence Ross Gets Back With Baby Mama After Leaving Her for Amber Rose

    Black Sports Online "It happens. You are on and off with your baby mama and some other woman bird calls you, so you leave your baby mama for her. It happened to Swaggy P and it happened to Raptors Terrence Ross. At least Ross didn’t get anyone pregnant or buy any engagement rings." August 01

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Jared Sullinger is apparently already on the Lowry Workout Plan

    Raptors HQ "Ever since Kyle Lowry set the fitness bar in Toronto last summer, all professional athletes coming into the city have had a body of work (literally) to which they could aspire. You see, despite being a super hard worker on the court, Lowry had always been dinged for being a bit, hmmm, pudgy. Now,..." July 26

  • Andrea Bargnani signs with Spanish club Baskonia

    The Score "Andrea Bargnani is done exploring the NBA's Atlantic Division and is ready to return to Europe. The 30-year-old Italian signed with Spanish club Saski Baskonia on a two-year deal that reportedly has both a team and player option. Bargnani is looking for a fresh start in the Euroleague, where..." July 26

  • DeRozan hopes to leave legacy in Toronto

    L.A. Daily News "The unassuming man walked into the gym without any hint he just agreed to the third largest contract in NBA history two days earlier. DeMar DeRozan wore basic gym gear, including a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers. He arrived without any entourage to accentuate his importance. Some fans approached..." July 24

  • Coach K calls out Lowry for being too passive vs. Argentina

    NBA.com "Five things we learned from Team USA's 111-74 victory over Argentina Friday night at T-Mobile Arena in the first of its five pre-Olympics exhibition games: 1. They're already ahead of schedule Catch them early, was the best advice anyone could give Argentina. With only four days of practice..." July 24

  • Scola claims young Argentina teammates weren't starstruck by Team USA

    The Score "Luis Scola - along with the likes of Manu Ginobili, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Delfino - acts as one of the veteran voices on an Argentina Olympic squad looking to make some noise in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this summer. The nine-year NBA pro will bring valuable veteran leadership and savvy to a..." July 23

  • Raptors’ Carroll responds to Jae Crowder’s comment

    Sportsnet "In an interview on Thursday, Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder said that he thinks his team has what it takes to reach the Eastern Conference Finals this coming season, and that he “wasn’t worried about” the three-time defending division champ Toronto Raptors impeding the Celts’ progress. Shortly..." July 22

  • Nets’ Luis Scola can’t believe the rent prices in Brooklyn

    New York Post "During a press conference at UNLV to announce the junior NBA program coming to Argentina, Luis Scola was handed a black Nets jersey. The face of the 36-year-old forward lit up. “I haven’t seen one of these yet,” Scola said. Indeed, Scola missed Wednesday’s press conference in Brooklyn to..." July 22

  • Celtics' Crowder: 'Toronto is not a team we're worried about'

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 22

  • Raptors sign Jarrod Uthoff to a 2-year partially guaranteed contract

    Raptors HQ "The Raptors are not exactly making the guessing game for their final roster spot an easy one. Fresh off signing Fred VanVleet earlier this week, Toronto has now added Jarrod Uthoff, after signing him to a two-year partially guaranteed contract. As per usual, the deal was announced by Woj..." July 21

  • Raptors Trading For Blake Griffin? Carroll, Patterson To Clippers

    Morning News USA "After missing out on the Pau Gasol sweepstakes in June, the Toronto Raptors are now reportedly setting their sights on another top-caliber power forward. Word around the league is that the Raptors are targeting Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin. Griffin has a player option in 2017. He..." July 21

  • Mixed Martial Arts and Basketball Worlds of James Johnson

    Hot Hot Hoops "The story goes that when the Chicago Bulls stayed at the allegedly haunted Skirvin Hotel, while they were in Oklahoma City to face the Thunder, Derrick Rose chose James Johnson as his roommate. A Grantland article (They Call Him Bloodsport) explains Johnson's qualifications as a bodyguard and..." July 20

  • Raptors sign Fred VanVleet to multi-year contract

    Raptors HQ "This is maybe not the deal you were looking for, but the Raptors have announced the signing of guard Fred VanVleet to a multi-year contract. The number of years in that "multi" designation, and the financial terms of the deal, have not be disclosed. Also still in the dark: how guaranteed the the..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Raptors' Delon Wright: Dislocates shoulder

    CBS Sports "Wright suffered a dislocated right shoulder during the fourth quarter of Saturday's summer league matchup with the Timberwolves and was unable to return." July 17

  • Dwane Casey expects Jared Sullinger to be Toronto’s starting power forward

    Larry Brown Sports "The Toronto Raptors didn’t give Jared Sullinger the full mid-level exception this summer expecting him to ride the bench all year, and they appear to be planning accordingly. According to a report by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun quoting head coach Dwane Casey on Thursday, the Raptors are..." July 14

  • DeRozan, Raptors in tough to take great leap forward

    Sportsnet "DeMar DeRozan’s new five-year contract will almost certainly make him the most accomplished and decorated player in Toronto Raptors history by the time it’s up. Barring anything unforeseen the formerly shy rookie from Compton will spend the entire prime of his career in Toronto and finish as..." July 14

  • Jalen Rose and First Take Host Molly Qerim Are Dating

    The Big Lead "Jalen Rose and Molly Qerim are dating, as evidenced by the photos shared by Jalen Rose on social media above and below. The relationship is now public. Rose is the co-host of the ESPN Radio program Jalen & Jacoby, and also an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Countdown studio show." July 13

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Ex-coach: Jared Sullinger must give teams more reasons to trust him

    Boston Herald "The Celtics will talk about what a tough decision it was to rescind Jared Sullinger’s qualifying offer, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. They will note how the addition of Al Horford created a frontcourt logjam that forced them to part ways with the 2012 first-round pick. They will..." July 12

  • Raptors Sign Jared Sullinger

    Hoops Rumors "It appears the Jared Sullinger will remain in the Atlantic Division, with the big man tweeting out that he intends to join the Raptors. It will be a one-year deal, Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical reports (via Twitter). The arrangement is worth approximately $6MM, Marc Stein of ESPN.com..." July 11

  • James Johnson signing 1-year, $4M deal with Heat

    Raptors Republic "The Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year, $4-million deal with James Johnson, Marc Stein of ESPN is reporting. Johnson has spent the last two seasons – and one prior to that – with the Toronto Raptors, proving a lightning rod for commenters thanks to his polarizing play. With great floor..." July 10

  • Report: Raptors officially sign rookies Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam

    Raptors HQ "As expected, the Raptors announced today that they've officially signed their two newest rookies, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam. Both players will be under contract until 2017-18, with two team option years after that carrying them (potentially) to 2019-2020. As a refresher: Poeltl is a 7',..." July 09

  • Raptors reportedly expressing interest in Drew Gooden

    Raptors HQ "Toronto's lack of depth in the front court has been discussed to death since the off-season got rolling. After balking at the Thunder's demanded package to swing a deal for Serge Ibaka, and with most of the free agent pool drained of talent, the Raptors are reportedly setting their sites on..." July 07

  • Report: Hawks discussed Millsap trade with Raptors, Rockets

    The Score "With Al Horford having yet to decide whether he was going to re-sign with the franchise or not, the Atlanta Hawks, if only for a short period of time, tossed around the idea of trading All-Star power forward Paul Millsap. Two teams Atlanta discussed deals with were the Toronto Raptors and..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Biyombo thanks Toronto and the Raptors organization in Instagram note

    Raptors HQ "We're all dealing with the departure of Bismack Biyombo in our own way. You might be upset about it, or have the insane view that Toronto should have done more to keep him, or just feel sad about it. Me personally, I'm listening to breakup songs and staring out rain-soaked windows. Yeah, what of..." July 06

  • What moves can the Raptors still make this offseason?

    Raptors HQ "Off-season splashes in the NBA, unless you're the Warriors, are made in an effort to catch up to the pack. Entering this summer, the Raptors weren't exactly bringing up the rear. Winning 56 games, running away with the East's second seed and advancing to the Conference Finals comfortably has..." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Spurs, Raptors reportedly front-runners for Pau Gasol; Blazers still in mix

    CBS Sports "The San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers are all looking for Gasol's decision to be in their favor. The Minnesota Timberwolves have also pursued Gasol, but they don't seem to be a finalist for his services. Chris Broussard of ESPN is reporting the Spurs and Raptors are..." July 04

  • Raptors’ Joseph, Cavs’ Thompson on Canada Olympic qualifier roster

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson headline a group of 12 players who will represent Canada in the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Canada Basketball announced the roster Sunday. The six-team tournament starts July 5 in Manila,..." July 03