Raptors Rumors & News

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • Raptors coach Dwane Casey: If Canada can have strict gun laws, 'why can't we?'

    CBS Sports "Dwane Casey was one of the many people that had to witness from afar the horrific mass shooting that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The longtime Raptors head coach has spent the last six years of his career in Canada, where tragic incidents like last..." February 17

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors could pursue Channing Frye, Ersan Ilyasova if bought out of contract

    Clutch Points "The Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors could have some targets in sight from the buyout market, after staying relatively mute through a busy trade deadline. According to Michael Grange of Rogers SportsNet, the Raptors could seek out the likes of Channing Frye (recently traded to the Los..." February 14

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Anunoby leaves early with sprained ankle

    TSN "Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby left the team's game against the Charlotte Hornets in the first half with a sprained ankle and will not return. The Raptors announced the rookie would not play in the second half after suffering the injury. " February 11

  • The Toronto Raptors are Making a Case To Be Favored in the East

    The Big Lead "Has anyone looked at the Eastern Conference standings this morning? Spoiler alert: The Toronto Raptors are in 1st place. Coming into the year, they had the 11th (tied) best odds to win it all, now just days after the trade deadline, it is not implausible to believe the NBA Finals will be played..." February 11

  • Ujiri hints at post-trade deadline ‘drama,’ ‘surprises’ to come

    Sportsnet "Masai Ujiri has a message for those who sit on the edge of their seat, hanging on every notification on their phones. “The trade deadline is for [media; fans], to be honest,” said the Raptors president in his first comments after sitting on the sidelines for most of the February 8 deadline...." February 09

  • Could Vince Carter be missing piece to Raptors playoff puzzle?

    Sportsnet "The Cleveland Cavaliers sent away nearly half their team Thursday in a bid to make the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year under the reign of LeBron James. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Might the Toronto Raptors respond by repatriating one of the greatest players in..." February 09

  • Raptors To Acquire Malachi Richardson From Kings

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors and Kings are finalizing a deal to swap Bruno Caboclo for Malachi Richardson, tweets Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports. A first-round pick in 2016, Richardson has been somewhat of a disappointment in Sacramento after being acquired in a draft-night trade. He has played just 47 games in..." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • Raptors Explore Trade For DeAndre Jordan

    Hoops Rumors "It may be a long shot, with a third team likely required to help facilitate a deal, but the Raptors have tried to work their way into the mix for Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, reports Marc Stein of The New York Times (via Twitter). Jordan, who has been linked to the Cavaliers, Bucks, Trail..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • Raptors not expected to make significant deadline moves

    Sportsnet "It’s looking like the Toronto Raptors won’t be making much in the way of a significant roster move at the trade deadline, Sportsnet’s Michael Grange is reporting. According to the Raptors insider, the only move Toronto will make will be for a minor-level players leaving potential impact pieces..." February 06

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Raptors’ C.J. Miles to play Sunday vs. Grizzlies

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward C.J. Miles returned to the lineup Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies. Miles missed Toronto’s previous three games with knee soreness." February 04

  • Bradley Beal Says Raptors Are The Best Team In The East

    SLAM Online "Wizards guard Bradley Beal offered some high praise to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, calling them “the best [team] in the East right now.” In advance of the Wizards’ matchup with Toronto, Beal said that Toronto has so many threats that Washington “can’t take anybody for granted.”" February 02

  • Raptors All-Star DeMar DeRozan shares secret to career season: Not giving a f---

    CBS Sports "DeMar DeRozan is five chapters into Mark Manson's The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***. The self-help book posits that the secret to improving your life is not relentless positivity, but rather … well, you read the title. This might seem like an odd choice for the Toronto Raptors guard...." February 01

  • Ex-NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Dead In Car Crash

    TMZ "Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned. 38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- lost control of his Range Rover..." January 31

  • Computer model says Raptors have better title chances than Cavs, Celtics

    CBS Sports "Believe it or not, the NBA playoffs are rapidly approaching. Before you know it, we'll be watching meaningless March and April games as between lottery teams as the true contenders ramp up for the postseason. There's little debate about which team is the favorite to win the title -- the..." January 30

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Valanciunas slowly evolving into modern-day NBA centre

    Sportsnet "Through three quarters of Friday’s game with the Utah Jazz, the Toronto Raptors had made four three-pointers. Jonas Valanciunas was responsible for half of them. There’s a couple ways to look at that. Sure, the Raptors were shooting atrociously from distance, missing 16 of the 20 three-pointers..." January 27

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Lowry looks to be back in form and why the Raptors likely won't make a trade

    Toronto Sun "NBA seasons are long. Even with the new scheduling tweaks designed to produce more rest and fresher players, there will be a bunch of duds, not 82 gems. The Raptors-Spurs Friday tilt was one of those duds, although Dwane Casey and Kyle Lowry greatly enjoyed the sturdy defensive effort a Raptors..." January 22

  • Is fighting becoming an issue in the NBA?

    NBC Sports Boston "Three Houston Rockets players entered the Los Angeles Clippers’ training room before being stopped by security but not before a profanity-laced exchange that’s sure to result in fines and possibly some suspensions. Orlando’s Arron Afflalo threw a punch – and barely missed – hitting Minnesota’s..." January 18

  • Raptors, OVO donate combined $3M to Canada Basketball, community hoops

    NBA.com "Following the unveiling of the team’s new OVO-edition uniforms on Friday, the Toronto Raptors and Drake announced plans to grow their partnership so that it gives back to the city and the game of basketball while continuing to deliver an elevated experience for fans. Drake and Raptors president..." January 17

  • Kyle Lowry on plan to meet Ben Simmons after ejections: ‘Put it this way, I was back there’

    Pro Basketball Talk "As Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons were ejected late in the 76ers’ win over the Raptors yesterday, the players appeared to challenge each other to meet in back. Lowry eagerly left the court and headed through the tunnel. Simmons appeared much more reluctant at that point. Despite a report of a..." January 16

  • DeRozan fined $15K for criticizing officials

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for his public criticism of officials following Toronto’s loss to the Golden State Warriors Saturday. DeRozan and the Raptors were subject to some controversial calls and non-calls down the stretch against the Warriors,..." January 16

  • Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons ejected, reportedly have altercation in hallway

    Pro Basketball Talk "Philadelphia natives keep going after 76ers rookie Ben Simmons. First, it was Celtics forward Marcus Morris. Today, it was Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. Simmons and Lowry exchanged fouls in the third quarter Then, they were ejected late in Philadelphia’s 117-111 win over Toronto" January 15

  • Nikola Mirotic, 15 Others Become Trade-Eligible

    Hoops Rumors "Today is January 15, which means that trade restrictions have lifted for most of the rest of the NBA’s 2017 offseason signees. While the majority of those ’17 free agents became trade-eligible on December 15, there was a small subset of free agent signees whose trade ineligibility lasted for..." January 15

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry: Intends to play Monday vs. 76ers

    CBS Sports "Lowry (back) said he intends to play Monday against the 76ers, Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. With the Martin Luther King Jr. Day tilt in Philadelphia tipping off at 1 p.m. EST, the Raptors aren't holding a morning shootaround, so Lowry's status might not be fully known..." January 15

  • Durant, Warriors had to tune out Drake

    San Jose Mercury News "The moment Warriors forward Kevin Durant missed a one-handed dunk, he did not just feel the scorn from thousands of Raptors fans jeering at him. Durant had to hear from one particularly vocal fan sitting courtside. The person was Drake, the hip-hop artist that considers himself a devoted Raptors..." January 14

  • DeMar DeRozan is latest star player to complain about officiating this season

    CBS Sports "DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors had an incredible comeback against the Warriors on Saturday night after they fell behind 81-54 in the first half. DeRozan scored 42 points and Toronto was right in it at the end of the game. However, some calls didn't go its way and a few shots fell short. The..." January 14

  • Raptors president Masai Ujiri critical of President Trump over reported disparaging remark

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri, born and raised in Nigeria before emigrating to the United States to become one of the most unique front office success stories in professional sports history, responded strongly to President Donald Trump's reported disparaging remarks toward..." January 12

  • Who Are The NBA’s Best And Worst Scorers In The Clutch This Season?

    Dime Magazine "Being “clutch” comes to define a superstar, for better or worse, and it can be hard to shake perception from reality once a reputation is built. Take for example LeBron James, who has become one of the NBA’s best players in crunch time over the past seven or eight seasons but still gets criticized..." January 11

  • The Raptors Are Getting ‘Constant’ Calls About Trading Their Young Players Away

    Uproxx "The Toronto Raptors look like a team that is going to make some noise in the Eastern Conference this season. Whether that means they can make it to the NBA Finals or not remains to be seen, but the team is sitting in second place at 28-11 and has adjusted the way it plays on the offensive side of..." January 11

  • Adam Silver on not televising All-Star draft: ‘The goal was to improve the All-Star game’

    Pro Basketball Talk "Early indications the NBA wouldn’t televise the new All-Star draft were met with swift opposition from fans and media. Yet, the league isn’t budging. NBA commissioner Adam Silver, via NBA TV: Should there be a public selection? Now, I get it. Yes, it would be more fun if we had that kind..." January 11

  • Serge Ibaka, James Johnson suspended in aftermath of Raptors-Heat fight

    CBS Sports "Tuesday's game between the Toronto Raptors and the Miami Heat was one of the most intense we've seen this season. The Heat won, 90-89, on a last-second game-winner by Wayne Ellington, but it was two incidents that got even more attention. In the third quarter, Heat forward James Johnson and..." January 10

  • Black belt James Johnson, Serge Ibaka trade punches in Heat-Raptors game

    Sporting News "Raptors forward Serge Ibaka picked a dangerous person with whom to exchange punches Tuesday night. Ibaka tangled with Heat forward James Johnson with 7:50 remaining in the third quarter. The two squared up after Ibaka set a screen near the left elbow. Both players were ejected. The result..." January 10

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry day-to-day with bruised tailbone

    Sportsnet "A day after Toronto Raptors star guard Kyle Lowry suffered acute back spasms after a hard fall against the Brooklyn Nets, it appears the injury isn’t as bad as it first seemed. Lowry is listed as day-to-day with a bruised tailbone and back spasms and will not play Tuesday in Miami." January 09

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry leaves game due to back spasm after hard fall

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors lost Kyle Lowry after a hard fall in overtime in Monday night's 114-113 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night. The team said he had an acute back spasm and will be reevaluated on Tuesday. Lowry finished with 18 points and 11 assists, but had to be carried off the..." January 09

  • Raptors' Anunoby playing beyond his years

    Toronto Sun "OG Anunoby is not even a half season into his NBA career and already the prospect of facing a LeBron James barely fazes him. At the ripe old age of 20 Anunoby has already lined up opposite Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, and many more and he has yet to meet a challenge he..." January 08

  • DeMar DeRozan didn't speak 'a word' to Kyle Lowry his first season in Toronto

    Sporting News "DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry form a dynamic partnership in the Raptors' backcourt, both earning All-Star nods the last two seasons. But it wasn't always easy sledding for the two guards. Speaking on ESPN Insider Adrian Wojnarowski's podcast, DeRozan said his first year with Lowry in Toronto was..." January 08

  • DeMar DeRozan Was Ready To Request A Trade If Kyle Lowry Was Dealt To New York In 2013

    Uproxx "The Toronto Raptors have appeared in the playoffs for four consecutive seasons. This year, it looks like the team will make it five in a row, as they currently sit in the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have found that success thanks to their backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and..." January 08

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