Raptors Rumors & News

  • Paul Pierce, Stephen Jackson rip Carroll’s criticism of Raptors

    Sportsnet "DeMarre Carroll‘s comments on his way out of Toronto have caused quite a stir. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey may have refuted any idea that there was mistrust in his locker room last season, but that hasn’t stopped fans and media alike from weighing in on the matter from all corners, including..." July 21

  • Dwane Casey wants to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard position in 2017-18 season. “We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet..." July 20

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Stephen Jackson Said DeMarre Carroll Isn’t ‘Good Enough To Have An Opinion’

    Uproxx "DeMarre Carroll was traded from the Raptors to the Nets this offseason after two disappointing seasons in Canada. Carroll had injury issues that kept him from being on the floor consistently and Toronto and Carroll both seemed to need to move on from each other. Now in Brooklyn, reunited with..." July 20

  • DeMarre Carroll: Nets a better fit for me than the Raptors

    New York Post "DeMarre Carroll may be a southerner at heart, but the newest Net says coming to Brooklyn will be like a family reunion. And coach Kenny Atkinson is that family. By far the two best seasons of Carroll’s career came in Atlanta while Atkinson was the Hawks’ lead assistant. After the small forward..." July 19

  • Dwane Casey refutes claims that Raptors had trust issues

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey says recent comments from DeMarre Carroll about locker-room dysfunction are “overblown” and maintains that his team was unified this past season. “I would challenge anyone to say when the Toronto Raptors stepped on the floor, that we were not a team,”..." July 19

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • As Raptors seek new identity, efforts to deal Jonas Valanciunas still come up short

    Sporting News "Back in 2012 at the London Olympics, Lithuania national coach Kestutis Kemzura expressed some of the concerns he had about his young big man, Jonas Valanciunas, who was then 20 years old and coming into his first season in the NBA. Valanciunas had struggled in the tournament, and Kemzura told..." July 17

  • Justin Hamilton waived and en route to China

    EuroHoops.net "The 27-year-old center was sent to the Raptors via a trade with the Brooklyn Nets but Toronto decided to waive him in order to earn some cap space by getting rid of his three-million guaranteed contract. While Hamilton was a primary target of Panathinaikos in the case of Chris Singleton’s..." July 15

  • Raptors Reportedly Have Interest in Boris Diaw

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors reportedly have inquired about Utah Jazz power forward Boris Diaw, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune. Diaw, 35, averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 73 games with the Jazz last season." July 13

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • DeMarre Carroll: ‘Lack of trust’ among Raptors last season

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors had a breakthrough season in 2015-16, winning a franchise-best 56 games and reaching the conference finals for the first time ever. Last season, however, the club took a step back, winning 51 games and getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second-round of the..." July 11

  • Breaking down Raptors roster after Carroll, Joseph trades

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors roster is taking shape for the 2016-17 NBA season. Having already locked in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to three-year deals, the team freed up much-needed cap space by trading DeMarre Carroll to the Brooklyn Nets, and then swapping Cory Joseph for Indiana Pacers forward C.J...." July 10

  • DeMar DeRozan fires ball at ref’s head during Drew League Game

    Yardbarker "Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan is playing in the Drew League this summer in an effort to stay in shape ahead of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But on Sunday night, the 27-year-old appeared more well-suited for a game of dodgeball on ESPN 8-The Ocho than a game of basketball. Upset with..." July 10

  • Carroll trade gives Raptors more flexibility, more holes to fill

    Sportsnet "Ever since Chris Bosh left for Miami and, more recently, with the emergence of DeMar DeRozan as one of the NBA’s elite two-guards, the Toronto Raptors have struggled to populate their two forward positions. DeMarre Carroll was supposed to fix that problem, but he didn’t. Even as the NBA..." July 09

  • Raptors To Waive And Stretch Justin Hamilton

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors will waive and stretch Justin Hamilton. The Raptors agreed to acquire Hamilton as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade with the Brooklyn Nets. " July 09

  • Raptors acquiring C.J. Miles in sign-and-trade deal with Pacers for Cory Joesph

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to acquire veteran guard C.J. Miles in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting. Miles, a free agent, will reportedly sign a three-year $25-million deal with a player option. According to an earlier..." July 09

  • Nets absolutely bamboozled Raptors in DeMarre Carroll trade

    Sportsnaut "The Brooklyn Nets made their second absolutely shocking trade of the summer on Saturday night, reportedly acquiring veteran wing DeMarre Carroll as well as a 2018 first and second-round pick from the Toronto Raptors for reserve center Justin Hamilton. This comes on the heels of Brooklyn..." July 09

  • Report: Raptors trade DeMarre Carroll, picks to Nets for Justin Hamilton

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have traded forward DeMarre Carroll, a future first-round and second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for centre Justin Hamilton, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski‏ is reporting. According to Wojnarowski, the move was made by the Raptors to shed themselves of Carroll’s..." July 09

  • Kyle Lowry on his return: ‘I want to take the Raptors to new heights’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors held a pair of press conferences on Friday morning to announce the re-signings of Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka. After much speculation as to whether he would leave the franchise or not, Lowry signed a new three-year, $100-million contract last week to remain a member of the..." July 07

  • DeMar DeRozan appears on first Canadian cover for NBA 2K18

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors franchise leading scorer, gold medalist at the 2016 Olympics and 2014 World Championships, three-time NBA all-star, two-time Eastern Conference Player of the Month, 2017 All-NBA member, Drew League legend… And now you can add “2K cover athlete” to the list of DeMar DeRozan‘s..." July 06

  • Lowry and Ibaka are back, but what’s next for the Raptors?

    Sportsnet "Masai Ujiri had options heading into the off-season. Like a reader turning the pages of a Choose Your Own Adventure novel, the Toronto Raptors president could have, theoretically, taken the club in any direction of his choosing. And after a 2016-17 season that featured one major trade..." July 05

  • Serge Ibaka On African Stereotypes: 'You Can't Change People's Minds'

    TMZ "Serge Ibaka is now giving advice to other Africans forced to confront negative stereotypes about their homeland ... essentially telling TMZ Sports -- screw the haters. We got the Toronto Raptors star at Catch in West Hollywood over the weekend -- after he put out a STRONG statement to people..." July 05

  • Report: Patrick Patterson joins Thunder with three-year, $16.4M contract

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have lost free agent power forward Patrick Patterson to the Oklahoma City Thunder on a three-year, $16.4 million contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski." July 05

  • Kyle Lowry agrees to three-year, $100 million deal with Raptors

    USA Today "Veteran point guard and three-time All-Star Kyle Lowry has decided to return to the Toronto Raptors, agreeing to a three-year, $100 million deal, a person familiar with the negotiations told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly until..." July 02

  • Raptors sign Serge Ibaka to three-year, $65-million deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Serge Ibaka to a three-year, $65 million contract, according to a report." July 02

  • P.J. Tucker's reported agreement with Rockets leaves Cavs, Raptors hanging

    CBS Sports "P.J. Tucker has reached an agreement with the Rockets that will have him in Houston for a long time. Tucker and Houston agreed to a four-year, $32 million deal that on the surface should be nothing more than the Rockets adding a strong defensive wing. However, this trade could have an impact on..." July 02

  • Raptors in talks for Cory Joseph trade to Pacers

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have had discussions about a trade that would send point guard Cory Joseph to Indiana, reports Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link). Based on the wording of Scotto’s report, it’s possible those discussions are simply internal ones for the Raptors, but I would imagine..." July 02

  • Serge Ibaka Releases Statement Regarding Age Discrepancy Rumors

    Bleacher Report "Free-agent forward Serge Ibaka responded to rumors Saturday that he is older than his listed age of 27. Ibaka tweeted the following regarding his heritage and asked the media to take responsibility for what he labeled false reporting Ibaka's comments came after ESPN's Zach Lowe appeared on..." July 02

  • NBA market pointing Kyle Lowry back toward the Raptors

    Toronto Star "A delicate balancing act awaits Raptors president Masai Ujiri. As NBA market forces are all but dictating a return to Toronto for all-star point guard Kyle Lowry, Ujiri must now decide what he wants to pay the 31-year-old and for how long, and neither of the decisions will be easy. They will..." July 02

  • Rockets, P.J. Tucker agree to 4-year deal

    Houston Chronicle "Determined to add perimeter defense and toughness to their rotation, the Rockets chased several targets before getting the qualities they have wanted late on Saturday. The Rockets reached agreement on a four-year, $32 million deal with Raptors forward P.J. Tucker, a person with knowledge of the..." July 02

  • Price the last domino in Kyle Lowry’s inevitable return to Raptors

    Sportsnet "One by one the doors closed on Kyle Lowry. The Toronto Raptors point guard and the club’s premiere free agent had been waiting for this moment, the chance to cash in on three consecutive all-star seasons. He’d transformed his diet and his training, spent money on chefs and fitness..." July 01

  • Kyle Lowry to Timberwolves ‘chatter’ has started

    Sportsnaut "The Minnesota Timberwolves finally bit that long-awaited bullet on Friday, sending point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz in exchange for a future first-round pick. This move frees up the necessary cap space for Minnesota to add another top-end free agent or two. Following the acquisition..." June 30

  • Ujiri facing biggest test yet at Raptors’ point of reckoning

    Sportsnet "The moment has been building for nearly four years. In December 2013, Masai Ujiri had made his decision. He was going to tear down what remained of former Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo’s seemingly patchwork, post-Chris Bosh construction project. Rudy Gay was already out the door and..." June 30

  • Heat reportedly could make play for free agent Serge Ibaka

    CBS Sports "It should come as no surprise with Pat Riley still in charge that the Miami Heat are expected to be big players in free agency this year. They'll have plenty of money to spend after working out a deal that will allow them to wipe Chris Bosh's salary from the books. Whether they're able to..." June 30

  • Knicks passing on Masai Ujiri as new favorite emerges

    New York Post "So much for Masai Ujiri. ESPN reported the Knicks are not expected to ask for permission to speak to the Raptors president, who recently signed a contract extension that gives him five years left on his deal. It is believed compensation for Ujiri would be too costly for Knicks owner James..." June 30

  • Raptors expected to meet with Lowry, Ibaka when free agency opens

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and new general manager Bobby Webster are expected to meet with free agents Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka when the NBA’s window to negotiate with free agents opens on July 1 at 12:01 a.m. ET. 16 Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri and new general..." June 30

  • Report: Jimmy Butler Recruiting Kyle Lowry to Minnesota

    SLAM Online "During Jimmy Butler‘s introductory press conference with the Timberwolves, Butler said that he would be recruiting “a lot of really good players, much better than myself” to join him in Minnesota. Butler was already “in the ear” of Kyle Lowry about joining him in Chicago, and—according to..." June 29

  • The Knicks Are Apparently Confident That The Raptors’ Masai Ujiri Will Be Phil Jackson’s Replacement

    Dime Magazine "Frustrated with the direction of the franchise, Knicks owner James Dolan recently met with Phil Jackson, and they both came to the mutual agreement that it was time for the Zen Master to effectively end his tenure as the team’s president. Dolan was quite miffed by Jackson openly talking about..." June 29

  • Why Raptors’ Ujiri is not fleeing to the Knicks any time soon

    Sportsnet "It says all you need to know about why the New York Knicks are well into their second decade as an NBA gong show that there is even a smidgen of belief within their eco-system that they can coax Masai Ujiri to save their sorry franchise. The arrogance. The ignorance. But what else would you..." June 28

  • Knicks Rumors: Masai Ujiri Reportedly Targeted as Phil Jackson's Replacement

    Bleacher Report "Adrian Wojnarowski, formerly of The Vertical, reported Wednesday that New York Knicks owner James Dolan is targeting Masai Ujiri to be the team's next president. Ujiri is currently the president and general manager of the Toronto Raptors, and he has served in that role since 2013." June 28

  • Raptors expected to name Webster as new GM this week

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors are expected to announce this week that assistant GM Bobby Webster will be the team's new general manager. Webster will report to team president Masai Ujiri and replaces Jeff Weltman, who left for the Orlando Magic last month. At age 32, Webster will become the youngest..." June 26

  • Raptors first-round pick O.G. Anunoby will steal your girlfriend

    Sportsnaut "Hashing up old tweets from draft picks has become a favorite national pastime of ours. Dallas Mavericks first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. had an absolutely amazing run of it Thursday night after he was selected. “Knock on wood,” one might say. We also have to remember Dak Prescott’s years-old..." June 25

  • 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