Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21
Scheduled days of rest for Lowry and DeRozan, they didn't participate in today's open practice. Amir (ankle) sat out as a precaution
Toronto Sun "The grand unveiling of Bruno Caboclo was not a rousing success, but rather a step in what will be a long road. The Raptors gave all-star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan the night off in Maine on Wednesday and inserted Caboclo in at small forward, with Terrence Ross moving back to guard. Caboclo..." October 16
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association will consider basing teams in Europe if the arenas are up to league standards, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. The NBA would have to weigh the benefits of increasing the size of the 30-team league against possible costs, such as spreading television..." October 16
New York Post "Raptors coach Dwane Casey was chatting with reporters, talking about a “great guy, one of those guys you remember as a player.” Seconds later, the object of Casey’s praise, Knicks point guard Jose Calderon (eight points, four assists), stepped up to say hello to his former coach. “Hey, I was..." October 15
NBA.com "The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have exercised the fourth-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of centre Jonas Valanciunas and forward-guard Terrence Ross. The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season. In accordance with the league’s..." October 14
Toronto Sun "The Raptors intend to speed things up this season. With an extremely deep team and a lot of young legs, that makes a lot of sense. “We think we can have a better transition game this year,” assistant coach Tom Sterner said after practice on Saturday. “We can do a better job off of steals..." October 13
RT @JLew1050: Stiemsma passed the league's concussion tests and is cleared to return, has been practicing in full this weekend
Pro Basketball Talk "It’s one of the fun questions at the start of every NBA season: What are the referees going to focus on and call the first half of the season. Every year the NBA referees are given new points of emphasis, and we get these calls for the first half of the season. Then between a combination of..." October 12
National Post "The first chapter of the little-known self-help book, How To Win Over Your Defensive-Minded Coach, details some quick tips for gaining said affection. A key take away: Allowing the Sacramento Kings to score 113 points on 55% shooting in the second pretend game of the season will not endear a team..." October 12
Toronto Sun "It has been five months since the Raptors last played at the ACC and fans might not like what they see if head coach Dwane Casey is to be believed. The Raptors will enter the 2014-15 season with big goals, which is why the team’s defensive taskmaster of a head coach is refusing to pull any..." October 10
Pro Basketball Talk "Just eight months ago, Kyle Lowry trade rumors were still popping up. In the weeks before, they were inescapable. The Knicks, Nets, Lakers and Warriors were all linked to the Toronto point guard. But the Raptors held onto Lowry – wisely. He led them to the East Conference’s third-best record..." October 07
Sportsnet.ca "The Toronto Raptors, according to head coach Dwane Casey, were one of the worst teams in the NBA last season when it came to protecting the rim. He noted that, while Toronto did a decent job running teams off the three-point line, his club struggled too often with the opposition getting into the..." October 03
Covers.com "The Westgate LV SuperBook released its updated list of 2014-15 NBA regular season win totals on Monday with LeBron James and his new-look Cavaliers topping the list. Here's a look at the odds for every team at the book: HAWKS 40.5 CELTICS 26.5 NETS..." October 01
In the hopes of becoming an ambidextrous player, DeRozan said he wrote the alphabet with his left hand almost everyday during the summer
Grantland "he biggest play of Kyle Lowry’s life was doomed from the start. He had led the Toronto Raptors into the closing seconds of Game 7 against the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of last season’s Eastern Conference playoffs. Lowry approached a moment that nearly every player covets. Toronto trailed by..." September 24
Raptors SL forward Darington Hobson, a former draftee, signs with Brasilia in Brazil. I'm told deal includes NBA & Euro outs.
Toronto Star "If there has been one point hammered home to Terrence Ross in his short NBA career, it is the importance of summer time self-improvement. All he had to do was watch the transformation and growth of teammate DeMar DeRozan, whose summer has elevated his game to unexpected heights, to see the..." September 20
The Globe and Mail "Danny Ferry thinks Luol Deng “has a little African in him.” Ferry is the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks. Luol is an NBA star. That was one of the things Ferry said about Luol when he was assessing him as a potential recruit during a conference call with his ownership. As you may have..." September 12
Pro Basketball Talk "The Raptors have turned things around relatively quickly since new GM Masai Ujiri came to town, not only making the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but also playing well enough once they got there to take the Nets to seven games before being eliminated in the first round. The team had a..." September 06
One-year, $1 million deal from Greg Stiemsma in Toronto is the word
SB Nation "There will be more space around the basket stanchion next season because the NBA is trying to improve player safety. The NBA is attempting to improve player safety by cutting down the amount of photographers around the basket stanchion, according to a memo from Rod Thorn, the league's president..." August 26
Toronto Star "Bruno Caboclo still has that beaming smile, those shockingly long arms and more long-term promise than all but a handful of teenage basketball prodigies. His English is coming along slowly but surely, and his summer of development both personally and professionally is going according to..." August 21
Free agent Jordan Hamilton has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Toronto Raptors, league source tells RealGM.
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced its 2014-2015 schedule Wednesday, and for the first time in seven years, LeBron James will not feature on its opening night. The season opens Tuesday, October 28th with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs raising their fifth banner before taking on the Dallas Mavericks...." August 13
SB Nation "On Monday, we learned that the NBA fined the Raptors $25,000 due to a tampering violation by official ambassador Drake. The rapper invited Kevin Durant to join the team during his big Toronto music festival recently with the reigning MVP in attendance. Fans chanted and everything. The NBA is..." August 13
CBSSports.com "The Toronto Raptors are in talks with the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League about becoming their NBA D-League affiliate, according to Time Warner Cable News Rochester. The D-League has 18 teams, and 17 of them have single-affiliation relationships with NBA franchises. The..." August 13
Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments rap star Drake made about NBA MVP Kevin Durant at last weekend’s OVO Fest that the league has deemed a violation of anti-tampering rules. Drake, official global ambassador for the Raptors since last September, asked the concert crowd how..." August 11
CBSSports.com "After being selected with the 50th pick in the second round of the 2013 draft and being traded to the Miami Heat organization, James Ennis spent the 2013-14 season playing in Australia for the Perth Wildcats. He had a successful season in Perth, improved his game, and has found his way onto the..." August 09
CBSSports.com "Rapper Drake is doing his part as a fan of the Toronto Raptors. When Kevin Durant is a free agent in 2016, he'll be the most sought-after free agent on the market since LeBron James in 2010. As an up-and-coming team in a big market in North America, the Raptors could be a very attractive place for..." August 05
Raptors make signings of Lucas Nogueira and Will Cherry official
SI.com "Cobbling together mock drafts is an inexact science. For most mock drafters -- this one included -- projecting a 30-player first round requires a combination of exhaustive reporting, scouting and, frankly, guesswork. But even then, it’s a challenge. Team executives are, understandably, guarded..." August 01
Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo.
Wall was natural invite for USA Basketball and joins Chandler Parsons and DeMar DeRozan as additions to initial Team USA roster from January
Bloomberg "The National Basketball Association players’ union spent about $5.42 million on the internal audit that resulted in the firing of Executive Director Billy Hunter, according to public records. The union spent $5,421,965 on matters pertaining to what it labeled NBPA Internal Review &..." July 23
Yahoo! Sports "The NBA warned a touring group of its stars that they could face financial fines for participating in clinics in Manila, Philippines, that include short scrimmages and games of "H-O-R-S-E," league sources told Yahoo Sports. Several NBA stars, including Blake Griffin, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard..." July 22
Raptors waive Dwight Buycks and Diante Garrett, as expected. Both non-guaranteed contracts. Roster stands at 13. Nogueira would make it 14
17 months removed from serious knee surgery, Lou Williams says he's feeling good. Close to 100%. Called last year the toughest of his career
CBSSports.com "As we've noted before, former NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady tried his hand at pitching this season for the Sugar Land Skeeters (Independent league, not affiliated with MLB). And now he's announced that he's retiring. McGrady's final outing came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, in which he..." July 17
SB Nation "The NBA Commissioner met with reporters on Tuesday in Las Vegas to discuss potential changes to the association. Adam Silver had some bold new ideas for the crowd of reporters waiting for him on Tuesday at the Las Vegas Summer League, including one that has several scratching their heads -- a..." July 16
The Wall Street Journal "Could there be a better time for the NBA to be looking to negotiate a TV deal? The league just enjoyed a fantastic playoff season, capped off be a marquee Finals matchup. Then its biggest sports star, LeBron James, captivated millions across the globe with his intriguing free agency run that led..." July 15
TSN.ca "An impaired driving charge against Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has been dropped, according to CP24. Valanciunas was arrested in April in Wasaga Beach, Ont., just prior to the start of the Raptors' first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets and charged with having more..." July 15
FA guard Anthony Morrow still considering the Clippers, Heat, Wizards, Raptors and Suns, per source. All willing to use some portion of MLE.
Kyle Lowry: "I didn't want to wait for everyone else. I wanted to make my own decision. I made it on the first day. It was that easy."
Sportsnet.ca "James Johnson is returning for a second stint with the Toronto Raptors, the Toronto Star‘s Doug Smith reported Thursday morning. Johnson spent parts of two seasons with the Raptors after being acquired from the Miami Heat midway through the 2010-11 season. The six-foot-nine forward enjoyed his..." July 10
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The NBA announced that the salary cap for the 2014-15 season will be an all-time high of $63.065 million, an increase by 7.5 percent. The tax level for the season will be $76.829 million, an increase of 7.1 percent. The minimum team salary, which is set at 90 percent of the cap, is $56.759..." July 10
Greivis Vasquez will sign a two-year, $13 million deal to stay with Toronto, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Sources: Andray Blatche will meet with Toronto tomorrow in Vegas